OUTFIT FOR 2014 VOLUNTEERS UNVEILED

Glasgow 2014 organisers have unveiled the uniform for the Commonwealth Games' 15,000 volunteers.

The so-called Clydesiders will wear red polo shirts and grey trousers when they take up their role at this summer's sports extravaganza.

Perhaps with the Scottish weather in mind, volunteers will also be equipped with a cagoule, hat and umbrella.

More than 50,000 people applied to be part of the 20th Commonwealth Games, which take place from July 23 to August 3.

Thousands of successful applicants came together for the first time today at the Emirates Arena.

Over the coming months they will be primed for a variety of roles across divisions including press, anti-doping and transport.

Outdoor clothing manufacturer Trespass created the volunteer uniforms and the blue and grey kit to be worn by technical officials.

Director Afzal Khushi said: "Everyone at Trespass is immensely proud to have been involved in creating something which will be an integral part of the Games and which will be a lasting memory and impression on visitors and locals alike.

"We wanted to create something which was both practical and stylish, would reflect the city and would help the Clydesiders and workforce stand out from the crowd.

"Our business has been based here in Glasgow for more than 70 years, so to see thousands of people here celebrating sport and enjoying our own home city will be thrilling.''

Glasgow 2014 chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin said he was delighted with the "terrific" uniforms.

He said: "I look forward to seeing the workforce wear it with pride in our venues across Glasgow and Scotland.''

Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh said: "Seeing the Glasgow 2014 Clydesiders' uniform for the first time is another terrific step towards Scotland's biggest-ever sporting moment on the global stage becoming a reality.

"Those who wear it will be the friendly faces of the Games and offering a warm welcome to Glasgow and Scotland for the athletes of the Commonwealth and hundreds and thousands of fans who come here to enjoy one of the world's great sporting occasions.''

It was also revealed today that a hub is to be created to help Scottish companies capitalise on the "once-in-a-generation'' business opportunities created by the Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow's City Halls and Old Fruitmarket are to be known as Scotland House during the Games and will host a series of business events and meetings between domestic and international companies.

Showcases are also to be organised to demonstrate Scottish expertise in sectors such as engineering, design, tourism, further education and life sciences.

The venue will also be used by Scottish athletes, organisers and sponsors to celebrate successes during the competition and will be open from July 21 to August 3.

The Fruitmarket will hold a programme of public events such as the Team Scotland flag bearer ceremony, part of the Queen's Baton Relay and medallists' nights.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson said he believes the Games is a unique opportunity for Scottish businesses to establish links with overseas companies.

He said: "The Glasgow business embassy within Scotland House will allow local firms and organisations to make the most of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to connect with overseas markets including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore and Jamaica, promoting the fantastic opportunities in the
city to a global audience.''

Sport and Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said: "This will be the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has hosted and this Government and our partners are determined to maximise benefits beyond 2014.

"This Government is determined to exploit the economic opportunities of the Games and to leave a lasting sporting, social and business legacy.

"Scotland House will be a great venue for locals and visitors to get a warm Scottish welcome and to soak up the atmosphere of the Games.''