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Glasgow 2014 sports equipment to benefit whole of Scotland

13/06/2014
Sport and physical activity
Sports equipment from the Commonwealth Games will be distributed to clubs, schools, councils and governing bodies throughout Scotland after the showpiece event finishes.

As part of the Glasgow 2014 legacy plan, all 32 local authorities will receive an allocation of items through sportscotland’s Active Schools Network. This will include items such as rugby balls, netballs, shuttlecocks, whistles, stop watches, and more.

Seven of the sports included in the Games programme will also benefit from the chance to apply for larger items of equipment, such as athletics starting blocks, boxing training rings, and table tennis tables.

An application process to allocate the limited number of larger items is now open to aquatics, athletics, boxing, rugby, shooting, table tennis, and wrestling.

The national agency for sport, sportscotland, is managing the process in partnership with the Glasgow 2014 organising committee.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “Glasgow 2014 offers sportscotland a fantastic opportunity to accelerate our plans towards developing a world-class sporting system at all levels, and we are making enormous strides in realising that ambition.”

“By distributing sports equipment throughout Scotland, we are providing a real sporting legacy from the Games thanks to funding from the National Lottery.

“From balls and whistles, to the larger and more technical items of equipment which are available, all will have a positive impact on the communities which receive them.

“sportscotland is committed to providing more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in communities across the country, and the Games equipment will play a part in this process.”

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said:

“With 1.3 billion of its citizens under the age of 25, the Commonwealth has young people at its heart, so it is fitting that this Glasgow 2014/sportscotland initiative will bring benefit to schoolchildren from every local authority in Scotland.

“It is fantastic that following the Games selected sports equipment, which has been used on the field of play by the elite athletes of the Commonwealth, will make its way into schools to leave a sporting legacy for communities across Scotland.”

The announcement comes during legacy week (9 June – Friday 13) when people, communities and organisations across Scotland have been highlighting the legacy of the Commonwealth Games, shining a spotlight on how programmes, projects and investment are improving the lives of people across Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said:

“Delivering a lasting legacy of a healthier and happier Scotland is fundamental to the Commonwealth Games. It’s wonderful to think that these ambitions will be aided by the same equipment that athletes will be using during the Games this summer. Hopefully this equipment will contribute in some way to developing future stars of Scottish sport.”

Find out more about 2014 Legacy sports equipment

Please note, applications close 20 June 2014