• Forty projects aimed at getting people to exercise more will receive a combined total of £2 million
• Money is part of active places fund to run on the back of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year
The money is part of the government’s active places fund, which aims to encourage people into exercise to form a legacy from next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Alex Salmond unveiled the funding as he visited the bust of famous rugby commentator Bill McLaren in Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, where the Scottish Cabinet are hosting a series of meetings.
One community project to benefit is the Bill McLaren Park which has been granted £77,000 to help build three all-weather tennis courts. Others include a skate park in Arbroath, a cycle track in Dunfermline and a climbing wall in Buchlyvie.
The announcement is the second allocation from the legacy fund.
The First Minister said: “Glasgow 2014 will be the largest sporting and cultural event Scotland has ever hosted and with less than one year to go - there is a great sense of pride and excitement around the Games.
“The investment in this community facility in Hawick - and many others across Scotland - is part of this government’s vision to deliver a lasting legacy through the Games, by improving local facilities and encouraging people to get active, either through sport or something simple like going for a walk.
“The Games coming to Scotland provides an exceptional opportunity to make our nation healthier, help our businesses to prosper and celebrate our modern and vibrant culture both at home and on the world stage.”
Grants of up to £100,000 are available from the fund to help build or upgrade local facilities to help people get active through sport and physical activity.
Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland, said: “Sporting facilities for both performance athletes and local communities are the best they have ever been in Scotland.
“We are well placed to capitalise on the growing captivation surrounding next year’s Games as we continue to expand Scotland’s stock of excellent facilities and provide more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and physical activity.”