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The Stirling Highland Games committee are delighted to announce their 2018 Games Chieftain to be Stirling born actress, Simone Lahbib.

FVSE Director, Matt McGrandles explained that when his organisation took on the delivery of the event in 2013, he was focused on making sure his Board honoured one of Stirling’s famous sons or daughters each year and believes Simone to be an excellent choice.

“We have a vast number of famous sons and daughters from Stirling that have excelled in sports, business, film and other sectors and our event is simply looking to acknowledge this through this honorary role. With Simone being so busy, we were delighted that she accepted and look forward to welcoming her on Saturday 18th August as the 2018 Stirling Highland Games Chieftain.”

Simone is an award-winning British actress who is best known for her roles in award-winning British TV shows such as ‘Bad Girls’, as Wing Governor Helen Stewart and ‘Wire in the Blood’ as DI Alex Fielding, opposite Robson Green. Although unexpected Simone said of the role, “When I was first contacted and asked to be ‘Chieftain’ at this years Stirling’s Highland Games, I was absolutely thrilled! I knew I had just been bestowed a great honour, although to be honest, I had no idea what the role entailed!”

5 minutes later following a search on Google, “I was even more thrilled once I read the history behind this great role, in particular the paragraph which liken the Highland Games Chieftain to being King or Queen for the day, helping to choose the fastest and strongest clansmen.”

Simone explained that once she had a better idea of what a Games Chieftain of old used to do she had imagined, ‘that’s a job for me!” in her best Billy Connolly voice and Matt added, “Apart from the fact I now can’t stop talking in a Billy Connolly voice myself, it’s going to be another fantastic day on the 18th August and having had several chats with Simone, I know she will do the role and Stirling a great credit.”

Stirling Highland games attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the UK and beyond to watch a traditional highland games event with participants competing in track & field, heavyweights and highland dancing. The gates open at 10:30am with a whole day of things to do, see and taste on offer. As one of the central Scotland’s most affordable day outs, it is recommend you buy tickets in advance from the web site www.stirlinghighlandgames.com.

For any enquiries please call the FVSE office on 01786 273556 or email office@fvse.org.uk

Stirling Highland Games is one of the City of Stirling’s signature annual events welcoming visitors and top competitors from around the world to experience amazing traditional Highland games competitions.

What: We have teamed up with YoungScot Rewards to offer an amazing opportunity for you and a friend to experience the event as a VIP Guest. You will:

  • Gain entry to the event
  • Visit the Foodie Village and meet 2016 Professional Masterchef Champion Gary Maclean
  • Take part in a Q&A session with Gary Maclean and foodie journalist Cate Devine
  • Meet Games Chieftain Kari Carswell
  • Experience the Games from the Chieftains Gathering Marquee
  • Enjoy a delicious menu of the best of Scottish produce

When: Saturday 19th August, 11am to 4pm

Where: Stirling Sports Village, Stirling Games Field, Royal Stuart Way, Stirling FK7 7UF

Note: You must be aged 18 or above to take part

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Kari Carswell

Pic by David Potter

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the 147th Stirling Highland Games on Saturday 19th August this year.

The City’s annual games, which take place at Stirling Sports Village, behind Forthbank Stadium are always popular, offering visitors a great mix of traditional events and new attractions for all the family to enjoy.

This year, Games Organiser Matt McGrandles is delighted to announce the 2017 Games Chieftain is Scotland Cricketer, Kari Carswell. “My committee and I really enjoy this part of the build-up to the highland games. Selecting one of Stirling’s famous sons or daughters to be Chieftain is fascinating. There are so many worthwhile individuals to choose from however I am happy that Kari will be joining our Chieftain family.”

Kari added, “It came as a bit of a shock to be nominated for the role of Chieftain at the Stirling Highland Games, but I’m absolutely thrilled to accept the role and I can’t wait to be back in Stirling on the 19th of August.  Stirling is a place I’ve obviously got a close association to, having been born there and in my early years not living too far from it.  I’m hoping the sun shines and lots of people turn out to support what will no doubt be a fantastic event.”

Kari started playing cricket at the age of 12 at Stirling County Cricket Club under the expert eye of Raymond Bond and quickly fell in love with the game. She trialled for England U17’s in 1999 and represented them in a tri-series against Holland before committing to play for Scotland.

She made her debut for Scotland as a 17-year-old against Northumberland in 2000 and to date has represented Scotland on 148 occasions and captained for 54 of those matches.  She also had the privilege of being a player/coach for the senior women’s team from November 2010 – December 2015, taking the squad to within one game of qualifying for our first ever World Cup.

Kari is still playing, all be it she has taken on a new challenge as a cricket officer in New Zealand but she is hoping to be selected to go to Sri Lanka in February 2017 to play in the 50 over Global Qualifying event. If the team qualifies they will be playing in the 50 over world cup in England in July 2017. 

Discounted tickets can be purchased online via the Stirling Highland Games website or on the gate on the day, when payment must be made by cash.  Entry costs £8 for adults, £4 for children 5 years to 15 years old and £5 for Students/OAPs. Children under five years old enter for free with car parking limited next to the site but Stirling park and rides are close by.

To view a full timetable of What’s On or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.stirlinghighlandgames.com  

stirling young carers groupStirling Highland Games event organiser, Matt McGrandles announces that along with their annual commitment to support Forth Valley Social Enterprises CIC, a local training provider for young people, they are also looking to provide a donation to local charity, Stirling Young Carers.

“Being part of the community we operate within is important to me,” Matt explained. “So, as well as our ongoing links with Forth Valley Social Enterprises CIC I was keen to see if we could support another local Third Sector organisation. There are many good causes within the area however I felt that by linking in with our Host Ambassador, The Provost of Stirling’s chosen charity we could add some awareness for the chosen organisation.”

Provost Robbins added, “Stirling Young Carers are our hidden heroes. Day in, day out for year after year they quietly and compassionately care for their relatives, often in challenging circumstances. Their efforts not only ensure the safety and well-being of their loved ones, they also save the state billions of pounds every year. I am delighted that the Stirling Highland Games team have provided this platform which will raise awareness of their efforts. ”

Unlike many other highland games in Scotland who choose to provide a fairground attraction for younger visitors, Stirling will be unique in looking to provide an Activity Challenge area.  Along with Active Stirling, their Principle Partner of the activity challenge area, any donations collected on the day will be presented to the Stirling Young Carers charity.

Matt said, “We are just trying to provide something different for our younger audience. Whilst mum and dad are enjoying their delicious handmade wrap or pulled pork sandwich the kids can take on one of the challenges and have a go. If parents wish to leave a donation then it will be up to them. I think Stirling Young Carers provide a great service and I hope we can raise some funds for them on the 20th August.”

Charlene O’Neill, Young Carers Service Manager, said: “We are delighted that Stirling Highland Games has chosen to support Stirling Young Carers Service at this year’s Highland Games. It is reported that one in ten young people have caring responsibilities in Scotland so the support from the event will ensure that we are recognised locally. It will also help to make a huge difference in raising the profile and increasing the identification of ‘hidden young carers’ in Stirling.”

You may of course find yourself stuck in the Activity Challenge area for a while as some of the activities planned include a mini highland games, test your passing skills with Glasgow Warriors and Rugby Tots, try for a hole in one on the putting green, ride Recyke-a-Bike’s mobile trail or test your speed through the Army’s assault course.

Chief Executive, Andrew Bain added, “Active Stirling is delighted to support this aspect of Stirling Highland Games. We hope the attraction will prove a huge hit with visiting families and are sure that there will be something to entertain everyone. It’s just another great reason for people to come and be part of Stirling Highland Games.”

This year Stirling Highland Games is on Saturday 20th August with gates opening from 10:30. Tickets can be purchased on line in advance or at the gates on the day.

Photo Details: Andrew Bain, Chief Executive of Active Stirling :: Zoe Taylor, YC Officer  :: Colleen McAteer, YC Officer :: Charlene O’Neill, Young Carers Service Manager at Stirling Carers :: Mike Robbins, Provost of Stirling :: Molly Feinmann, YC Officer  :: Matt McGrandles, Games Organiser at Stirling Highland Games.

stirling highland gamesStirling Highland Games event organiser, Matt McGrandles is delighted to announce that EventScotland has awarded funding through its National programme to help develop the growing cultural and sporting event for the Stirling area.
“We have some big plans for this year’s event,” Matt explained. “In addition to providing a highly successful competition for athletes we want a day out at Stirling Highland Games to be an experience for our visitors.”
“So, when they come along to enjoy the traditional highland games events this year, they will also be able to enjoy our Trade Village which includes an array of Scotland’s award winning food and drink produce, sample some craft beer at the Harviestoun draught keg beer bar, meet some Scottish Clans and give the younger audience the chance to participate in some activities with a mini highland games challenge for kids.”
The funding secured from EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, will allow Stirling Highland Games to develop its digital marketing campaign and food and drink offering. Building on the success of last year’s games the 2016 event will create more opportunities for Scotland’s Food & Drink producers to sell to a wider client base. The Stirling Games attracts many overseas visitors as well as visitors from across the UK to the region each year.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Stirling Highland Games again this year. Scotland is the perfect stage for events and Matt and his team have brought together another exciting programme, including a strong food and drink element. Our support will enable the event to develop and grow; delivering a significant economic impact and attracting visitors from across Stirlingshire and further afield.”
There is definitely something for everyone at this year’s event and Stirling Highland Games Chieftain, Lesley Paterson, looks forward to welcoming you on Saturday 20th August. Discounted tickets can be purchased online up until 31st July at www.stirlinghighlandgames.com.

Lesley PatersonStirling Highland Games is delighted to announce Lesley Paterson as its 2016 Games Chieftain.

Event Organiser Matt McGrandles said, ‘The more I look into this part of the highland games, the more it amazes me the number of hugely successful people we have from Stirling and Lesley is a shining light in that respect. I had no problem putting her forward for consideration at the last Board meeting where the committee gave their full approval.’

Lesley, who now stays in San Diego with her husband Simon started her sporting career as a youth rugby player at Stirling County RFC.  She says, ‘I’m honoured to be chosen as Chieftain of the highland games as Stirling is my home town. I am really looking forward to the day.’

Lesley PatersonAt 14 she transitioned from rugby to triathlon where she competed 17 times all over the world for the British and Scottish triathlon team. Her results would be the envy of most athletes from being Scottish Youth Triathlon Champion in 1995 to recently winning Xterra events across the US in 2015.

An area that Lesley really enjoys is her fitness coaching where she gets to pass on her life experiences to others, helping them achieve their goals and ambitions. Lesley adds, ‘I am hoping I can talk to and inspire the younger generation to go out there and follow their dreams. My motto is simple, you are more than a data point and email address.’

Lesley Paterson, the 2016 Games Chieftain of Stirling Highland Games will be officially welcoming games visitors at 12 noon on Saturday 20th August. Discounted tickets can be bought in advance plus we have a limited amount of Chieftains Tickets for an added Scottish experience.

If you have someone in mind that is a famous son or daughter of Stirling and could be considered a future Chieftain then please contact us.



Stirling Highland Games PledgeStirling Highland Games Event Organiser, Matt McGrandles is delighted to support and work with Resource Efficiency Scotland through a pledge to develop an environment policy, engage staff about recycling at the event and encourage the use of public transport.

Resource Efficient Scotland believe that by joining the Pledge and successfully achieving the actions you will quickly see the benefits of resource efficiency.

In addition, they are delighted to offer each Pledge signatory marketing and support benefits to reward you for signing up.

Those benefits include:

Certificate to display within your premises;
Use of Resource Efficiency Pledge for print and online materials;
When you sign the pledge, you will feature on the Resource Efficiency Pledge website;
Feature in Resource Efficient Scotland ezine (40,000 recipients) featuring your business as a Pledge signatory;
Regional press release for newspaper in your area highlighting your inclusion in the Pledge programme;
Inclusion in @ResourceScot twitter campaign (circa 10,000 followers);
Opportunity to discuss involvement of your business with Resource Efficient Scotland engagement events.