Commonwealth Games legacy funding shared among five groups

The legacy of the 2014 Games continues with funding to five groups. Picture: Michael Gillen/JP

The legacy of the 2014 Games continues with funding to five groups. Picture: Michael Gillen/JP

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FIVE groups are to share in almost £750,000 of Commonwealth Games legacy funding in a bid to encourage Scots to become more physically active.

The money for 2016-17 - totalling £748,000 - is being awarded to Clyde Gateway, Creative Scotland, Street Soccer Scotland, Spirit of 2012 and Young Scot.

Projects across the country which encourage Scots to take up more physical exercise will benefit from the funding.

Aileen Campbell, minister for public health and sport, announced the latest awards during a visit to Ettrick Forest Archers in Selkirk in the Borders.

The group were awarded £12,044 to fund the creation of a clubhouse and storage facility.

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Ms Campbell said: “I’m delighted to be here on the second anniversary of the best-ever Commonwealth Games to announce the latest round of legacy funding.

“We know how important an active lifestyle is for both our physical and mental health, so it’s fantastic to see communities right across Scotland embrace the Games legacy and come together to deliver projects that are helping people become more active.

“This latest round of funding provides the opportunity to continue to build on the great work the active legacy partners have already done and keep delivering a wide range of benefits across Scotland.”

The Legacy Active Places Fund is a Scottish Government project supported by SportScotland.

In total, 188 projects across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities have been awarded funding from the £10 million pot.

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Louise MacDonald, chief executive of Young Scot, said the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games made a “huge impression” on young people across Scotland.

She added: “We recognise how important it is to ensure that the lasting legacy of the Games continues by providing young people with opportunities to engage and lead activity, remove barriers to participation and recognise their achievements.”

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