We're super excited to announce that Scottish Canals won a silver Scotland Pride Award in the category 'Best Event' for the Youth Urban Games!

Last year Glasgow’s young people were encouraged to leap, skate and jump towards a healthier, more active lifestyle, at the Youth Urban Games.

SportInspired partnered with Scottish Canals, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and Skateboard Scotland to deliver the Youth Urban Games in 2018, the nation’s first-ever urban sports festival, featuring parkour, skateboarding and BMXing! 

The event attracted over 7,000 spectators, over 80 BMX, skateboard and parkour athletes and loads of volunteers throughout the day, allowing young people to showcase their skills and achieve their full potential using the power of urban sports. More than 60 primary school children from North Glasgow also had the opportunity to take part in the Opening Ceremonies.

The Youth Urban Games featured skateboarding, parkour, basketball, street dance helping to address the rising obesity levels of deprived areas of Scotland and building young people’s employability skills and confidence, and helping them to lead healthier and happier lives.



Steve Dunlop, CEO of Scottish Canals said “North Glasgow has undergone an incredible transformation in recent years and has attracted major investment from the public, private and third sectors. By getting local young people involved in new and exciting urban sports, as well as giving them leadership opportunities to help with jobs and training, we can really bring this transformation to life.”

As the biggest event Scottish Canals has ever done, it turned out to be a massive success as both a stand alone event and as a highlight of their 18 month programme which consists of a series of festivals, young leader mentorship, urban sports clubs, and much more.