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Glasgow 2014: City ‘feeling benefits’ of Games

The Commonwealth Games creates the possibility of a sustainable, greener Scotland. Picture: PA

The Commonwealth Games creates the possibility of a sustainable, greener Scotland. Picture: PA

GLASGOW is already feeling the economic and social benefits of hosting the Commonwealth Games, according to a report.

About half of £400 million Games-related contracts for jobs such as construction, catering and utilities have been awarded to businesses based in the city while more than £87 million of work has been won by companies elsewhere in Scotland.

More people are also taking part in sport and exercise with an increase in the number of coaches, volunteers and club members, the city council report on Games legacy said.

In city schools, the number of volunteer coaches taking pupils for extra sessions has increased from 384 in 2012 to 804 this year, leading to 30,000 after-school activity classes.

In sports clubs affiliated to Glasgow Life there has been an increase of almost 2,000 coaches and 12,000 members over the last four years.

The Glasgow 2014 legacy framework was created in 2009 with the aim of making the city a more “prosperous, active, inclusive, accessible, greener place, with a greater international profile and outlook”.

The council said apprenticeship and employment schemes had benefited communities and businesses across the city and the hosting of the Games also brought forward projects such as transport improvements, with the extension of the M74 and upgrades to a series of train and subway stations.

With a potential TV audience of about one billion for the Games, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau hope to increase the city’s profile and attract more events and conferences - such as the MTV Awards and BBC Sports Personality which are being held at the Hydro after Glasgow 2014 - to the city over the next few years.

Council leader Gordon Matheson said: “Our preparations for the Games have resulted in not only this massive economic legacy, but a city that is improved environmentally and socially.

“This report shows that the council’s legacy plans for the Games have already delivered real change for Glasgow.”

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