With just under one year until the historic Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, a spokesperson for North Ayrshire Council said they sense a real sense of excitement and expectation building.
The local authority has put in place a range of events in the lead-up to the games - including school projects, library events and sports days – with local people encouraged to get involved.
The spokesperson said, “As well as getting behind the Scottish Commonwealth team, people across North Ayrshire are being urged to support our adopted ‘second teams’ – Nigeria and St. Helena.”
The Council’s SNP Cabinet member for Community and Culture, Cllr Alan Hill, said, “The Commonwealth Games gives us an opportunity to learn about other countries. In our case, we are lucky enough to welcome two nations – Nigeria and St Helena.
“The 2014 Games present a chance to make a lasting impact, which will inspire greater pride in our communities, encourage people to take up sport, enjoy healthier lifestyles and develop links with other countries.
“We will, of course, be backing the Scottish national team to the hilt. However, I am confident that the people of North Ayrshire will warmly embrace our adopted nations at the same time.”