By James Crook

nicola adams 2 glasgow 20141April 22 - Britain's first female boxing Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams has helped launch a new partnership between Glasgow 2014, Unicef and the Commonwealth Games Foundation (CGF) which aims to inspire children across the Commonwealth to be the "Best You Can Be".

Glasgow 2014 will work with the world's leading children's organisation, Unicef, and the CGF in an attempt to enrich the lives of children across the nation and across the Commonwealth, they claimed.

The partnership was launched at Swinton Primary School in Glasgow's East End - which is a Rights Respecting School that is supported by the UK Committee for UNICEF - where pupils unveiled a "Best You Can Be" thought wall on which they wrote their hopes and ambitions for the future, with the help of Adams.

"I am absolutely delighted to support this partnership and be part of the event this morning." said Adams.

"It was great to meet the children and hear about their aspirations and what they need to be the best they can be.

"This is a fantastic collaboration which will reach out to every child in Scotland and much further afield."

nicola adams glasgow 2014British Olympic boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams helped launch the partnership in Glasgow

The pupils also performed songs, poetry and pledges outlining their ambitions for the future, and asked representatives from all parties to add their thoughts to the wall.

"The children of Swinton Primary in Glasgow have a powerful message for children throughout Scotland and across the Commonwealth." said Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg.

"Put simply, they want to be the best they can be.

"I am thrilled that through our new and bold partnership with UNICEF, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games aims to help them and hundreds and thousands of other children achieve that."

CGF chief executive Mike Hooper added: "We are very excited with this new partnership with UNICEF and Glasgow 2014.

"The Commonwealth Games movement embraces all 71 nations and territories across the Commonwealth and UNICEF works in a great many of these, helping children to have healthy, happy futures by ensuring they have access to education, healthcare and other practical assistance that will support their future development."

The partnership with the CGF and Glasgow 2014 aims to raise funds for UNICEF's work in Commonwealth countries around the world.

"The Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow in 2014 provides us with a unique opportunity to harness the immense power of sport and culture for the best possible outcome – to improve the lives of children in Scotland and across the Commonwealth," said UNICEF UK executive Director David Bull.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with Glasgow 2014 and with the CGF, and look forward to making history together."

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