Beckham and McGregor welcome Commonwealth Games

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EWAN McGregor and David Beckham have welcomed children’s charity Unicef becoming an official partner of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Today will see the official announcement of the partnership between the charity, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Glasgow 2014

It is hoped the partnership will inspire and enable children “to be the best they can be”, as well as raising funds and awareness of the charity.

Unicef ambassadors McGreg­or and Beckham said they were delighted that “a better future for children around the world” was being put at the centre of the Glasgow 2014 legacy.

McGregor said: “I couldn’t be more pleased that Glasgow has been selected to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games and partner with Unicef.

“There are so many aspects of the Games that I’m in no doubt will leave a significant legacy. The Unicef partnership will benefit disadvantaged children around the world.”

Beckham added: “I am delighted to hear that Unicef and Glasgow 2014 are to put children at the heart of the Commonwealth Games legacy.

“This partnership is an amazing opportunity for children around the world. Through the power of sport you can achieve so much, and this great partnership will be no different.”

The partnership with the CGF and Glasgow 2014 aims to raise funds for Unicef’s work in Commonwealth countries around the world.

The announcement of the partnership will take place at Swinton Primary School in Glasgow. The event will be led by children from the school, alongside Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg, CGF vice-president Bruce Robertson and Unicef UK executive director David Bull.

They will joined by Nicola Adams, who became the first female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal in London.