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Legacy Week: are you on board too?

Shona Robison, Commonwealth Games and Sport Minister

Today marks 150 days to go until the biggest sporting and cultural event in Scotland’s history.

To help inspire people to be part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games, next week’s Legacy Week, a partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow 2014, will shine a spotlight on what’s been going on across the country.

Individuals, communities and organisations will be hosting events, making announcements and celebrating the legacy of the Games. The week is an opportunity to find out about projects connected to the Games and see how they are improving the lives of people across Scotland and in Glasgow.

With another busy week ahead, on Monday, I will be visiting Oban, to see what the impact of the legacy of the Games means for people this area and later on in the week, I will be speaking at the 2014 Games Legacy: Scotland’s Sporting Future national conference in Edinburgh about how we can make the most of the Games. My Ministerial colleagues will also be taking part in events across the country. 

And while it’s a great opportunity to tell the story about the benefits of the Games already, there is still plenty of chance for many more people to get involved.. Wherever you live, whatever your interests, there are many ways for you to get on board too. For example,

If you are part of community looking to celebrate the Games then get in touch with the Big Lottery Fund. The £4m Celebrate Fund provides grants to communities holding celebrations around the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

There are also still two rounds of funding left for the sportscotland £10m Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, available to help improve local sport and recreation facilities.

For young people, schools and their pupils can join the 250,000 already involved in the national Game On Scotland education programme; 18-25 year olds can apply to the 33Fifty an international leadership programme; and both businesses and young people can benefit from the Employer Recruitment Incentive which offers access to financial support to offer training opportunities to young people.

We will also have many more exciting projects and programmes to announce in the run up to the Games.

And there’s a very simple thing you can do to show your support for the legacy of the Games if you use facebook and/or Twitter. You can now add a Twitter or Facebook ‘Twibbon’ to your account profile picture.

Create your own legacy from the Games. Visit or for inspiration.