The first Team Scotland athletes have arrived in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games, with men’s hockey the first to check-in.
In a Games first, the Birmingham 2022 Games is operating on a multi-site model, with villages in Birmingham, Warwick, NEC and London.
As the sun shone on the Birmingham, the Scottish hockey players settled into their University of Birmingham accommodation which features Team Scotland branding, gifts and a special Games welcome pack.
To welcome them to the Commonwealth Games, each athlete will receive a specially made white Team Scotland Nike tracksuit top, which features the team’s motto “clear heads, brave hearts” stitched into the inside of the jacket.
Alongside a National Lottery scatter cushion and saltire towel, athletes will also receive a good luck letter and drawing from local school children, as well as a bespoke gift made by local community groups, as part of 4600+ Gift project. All gifts are made from metal washers upcycled by wrapping, stitching and knotting yarn.
Speaking about the arrivals, Team Scotland Chef de Mission Elinor Middlemiss said, “After months of hard work and build-up it is great to see our athletes start to arrive in the villages across the Games sites.
“The villages are the heart of the Games and play an important part in preparing and supporting our athletes to perform at their best.
“We have 260 athletes on the team and the personal touches from the local community in particular ensure we make it as close to a home from home environment as we can.”
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is officially opened on 28th July, with competition starting on 29th July and running until 8th August.