Some of the world's top athletes are set to be blow-dried, pampered and polished by Scottish students at this year's Commonwealth Games.

Seventy students from West College Scotland have been tasked with running the hair and beauty salon at the Glasgow 2014 athletes' village.

Officials hailed the move as a life-changing opportunity for the students, who will be providing hair-styling, make-up and male grooming services to the sports men and women taking part in the Games.

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The link-up was announced by Sports Minister Shona Robison.

She said: "There can be no better way to start your career than working with some of the biggest names in sport. I'm sure the summer of 2014 is one these students will never forget. These West College Scotland students have a unique opportunity and I'm sure they will come away with skills and stories to last a lifetime."

The college has selected 70 of its most promising students to help athletes look their best for the cameras.

The students will be working for donations to official Glasgow 2014 charities, under the supervision of teaching staff and volunteers from professional salons.

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 chief executive, said: "This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for the students from West College Scotland who will be right at the heart of the Games as they operate this very popular service within the athletes' village."

The college is the latest Scottish organisation to win a Commonwealth Games contract. Of the 594 contracts procured to date, 433 have been won by Scottish firms, the Scottish Government said.