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Games legacy in Dumfries and Galloway

31/03/2014
Jobs, skills and training / Community Engagement / Sport and physical activity
Minister sees Commonwealth Games projects benefiting Dumfries and Galloway.

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison today saw how a range of Legacy 2014 projects and programmes are already benefiting people in Dumfries and Galloway.

The Minister visited Maxwelltown High School which is one of the 45 projects announced today to recieve Legacy 2014 Active Places Funding. The school will use the funding to purchase gym equipment to enhance the facilities available at this Community Sport Hub.

Four more projects in the area will benefit from this latest round of funding. These include a new water sports facility to introduce young people and adults to canoeing and kayaking, a new purpose built skate park designed for use by scooters, skateboards and BMXs, and a new shared path between Dalbeattie and 7Stanes mountain bike centre as well as funding for Maxwelltown High School to purchase gym equipment.

Following her visit to Maxwelltown High School, the Minister went to Dumfries and Galloway College to meet young people undertaking The Princes Trust employability initiative, part of the Scotland’s Best 2014 Legacy programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered via Skills Development Scotland.

The project offers an employability qualification and quality volunteering, training and work placement opportunities, for 1000 unemployed 16-24 year olds, designed to ensure young people have the skills employers want and the confidence to take that next step in their future. So far, 500 young people have been supported through the initiative.

As well as her visits to Maxwelltown High School and Dumfries and Galloway College, the Minister visited Johnstonebridge Community Development Trust which is developing its own community sports hub, bringing together community, leisure, sport and education facilities on the same site.

The Minister also visited Gracefield Arts Centre to discuss the cultural legacy of the Dumfries and Galloway Legacy 2014 plan particularly Spring Fling which offers a year round community programme of activities and workshops for schools and the local community.