Liz Twyford is a Sports Programmes Specialist at UNICEF UK, she was involved in the partnership between UNICEF UK and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The partnership was called “Put Children First” and its ambition was to improve the lives of children in every country of the Commonwealth in the run-up to and during the Games.
In this interview, she highlights the fact that both UNICEF and Glasgow 2014 organizers had the willing to put children first through all activities, most of all because 50 percent of the athletes were under 18.
On the question related to the positive and negative effects of Mega Sporting Events on Children, Liz asserts the fact that these events can generate both effects depending on how they are implemented. They could provide opportunities as for the Glasgow 2014 CG but they could also deny children’s rights as for the cases of forced evictions of families and child labour in supply chains.