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Building a legacy in Perth and Kinross

Ruth Fry, Perth & Kinross Council

Perth & Kinross Council is well on the way to meeting their aims of building a lasting legacy from the Brilliant Moments of 2014.

With the area hosting The 2014 Ryder Cup, it’s an extra special year for us and we have committed to use the opportunity to ensure our communities become more active, connected, sustainable and economically flourishing.

Just a few examples of our projects are:

Ryder Cup Educational Resource

This online resource was developed by Perth & Kinross Council’s Education and Children’s Services, in partnership with Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils, Education Scotland, ClubGolf and Scottish Government. It includes 18 golf-related learning themes, such as the history of golf. Offering pupils across Scotland ‘chance of a lifetime’ prizes such as the chance to design official merchandise, it uses the Ryder Cup to inspire and engage. Over 1,500 people from around the world have used the resource.

Active For Life / Geocaching

Perth and Kinross has been making 2014 the year to get active with a social marketing campaign launched on Jan 1st encouraging people to sign up make an active pledge to “commit to get fit” in 2014 and the launch of a draft charter for physical activity. We’re also commissioning a limited edition geocaching coin. These trackable coins are highly collectable and, along with new local trails we’re developing, will get more people out and about trying geocaching. Geocaching is ‘treasure exploration for the digital generation’ and is the ideal way to get active in the Perth and Kinross countryside, and particularly appeals to families. We’re also making GPS equipment available to loan to groups working with disadvantaged or vulnerable youngsters so that they can give it a go.

Sculpture of a golfer made out of willowWillow Golfers

We’ve commissioned a series of 18 willow golfing figures, engaging two artists to work with local communities to make them. Communities which have requested to take part will be able to help build their figure and suggest its location. Longer term, a ‘sculpture trail’ will encourage residents and visitors alike to view the figures.

Community Challenge Fund

We’ve made £50,000 available for communities to bid for to celebrate 2014. 18 projects have been approved so far, including decorative banners, a Commonwealth-themed garden, a community games day and floral displays.

Find out more about Perth & Kinross Council’s Legacy programme