By James Crook

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watch Clyde at Emirates Arena April 4 2013April 4 - The Duke of Cambridge has given his support to the Scottish city of Glasgow's bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games after visiting the city with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, today.

The Royal couple visited the £113 million ($170 million/€135 million) Emirates Arena - which will play a starring role at next year's Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympics in 2018 should Glasgow's bid be successful - to tour the facilities and meet two of the city's young ambassadors, who have significantly contributed to the city's bid to host the 2018 Youth Olympics.

The Duke and Duchess also watched aspiring young athletes from the Glasgow School of Sport taking part in training sessions at the state-of-the-art Arena in a variety of sports, such as athletics, track cycling, badminton, football and netball.

They also visited the Glasgow Club Donald Dewar Leisure Centre to launch a new sports coaching project aimed at young people on behalf of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Duke of Cambridge playing hockey Glasgow April 4 2013The Duke of Cambridge had a game of hockey during his visit to Glasgow

The Royal Foundation is collaborating with Glasgow Life and the Hunter Foundation on the project as part of the nationwide Coach Core project, which aims to inspire young people and develop their skills to encourage them toward a career in coaching.

"Glasgow is a city with a great buzz and enormous optimism." said the Duke of Cambridge.

"The Commonwealth Games here next year will be brought to life by Glasgow's youthful energy, creativity, and its unrivalled cultural heritage.

"Glasgow would also be tremendous host – if successful, as we hope you are – for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, continuing the legacy from last year.

"A modern, attractive, well run hub like the Donald Dewar Leisure Centre, under the Glasgow Life umbrella, provides the perfect setting for this Coach Core programme – and perhaps elsewhere across Scotland in the future."

asdfdfsdfThe Duke met two of Glasgow 2018's young ambassadors on his tour of the Emirates Arena

Glasgow 2018 Bid Director Paul Bush said: "Our bid to bring the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Glasgow has young people at its very heart so it was fitting that our Young Ambassadors were able to tell the Duke of Cambridge of our plans."

"We want to inspire young people to be champions in their lives and that inspiration was evident today as the sportsmen and women of the future showed Their Royal Highnesses what the world can expect from Glasgow in 2018."

Glasgow is up against the Colombian city of Medellin and Argentinian capital Buenos Aires to host the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, with the winning city due to be unveiled on July 4 this year in Lausanne. 

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