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New funding for Sport Relief Programme

Initiative with Sport Relief provides an extra £1.5 million to help vulnerable people.

Vulnerable people in Scotland and the poorest Commonwealth countries will benefit from £1.5 million thanks to a joint initiative between the Scottish Government and Sport Relief.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport was joined outiside of parliament by Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development, and Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, to announce additional funding for the Legacy 2014 Scottish Sport Relief Home and Away Programme and to encourage people to take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games this weekend.

The Programme is part of the Government’s commitment to secure a lasting legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games, both at ‘Home’ in Scotland and ‘Away’ in other parts of the Commonwealth. This is the second phase of the Programme and will focus on using sport and physical activity as a tool to help improve health and well-being and deliver positive social change.

Money raised through Sport Relief will match fund the additional £750,000 from the Scottish Government announced today which is provided through the Government’s Legacy 2014 programme, the International Development Fund and the Cashback for Communities scheme. The £1.5 million will be split evenly between projects in Scotland and abroad.

Later this year, voluntary organisations in Scotland will be invited to apply for the ‘Home’ element of the Programme’s funding to enable them to deliver projects on the ground.

The ‘Away’ element of the Programme will focus on supporting children and young people; improving access to health and education services, and using the power of sport to save and change children’s lives across the Commonwealth. Sport Relief is in discussion with the world’s leading children’s organisation UNICEF, Official Charity Partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, to identify how the funding should best be used. More details will be announced in due course.

Organisers of this weekend’s Sport Relief fundraising events are promising an exciting day out for Scottish families. People can make every mile count by choosing to run, swim or cycle at the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, with events taking place across the country including Glasgow, Stirling and Dundee.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said:

“The lasting legacy of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games will be felt right here at home and in countries across the Commonwealth. Children are an important focus of our work overseas and we are working hard to create a better future for those at risk. Sport Relief is an opportunity for everyone to get involved to create a better tomorrow.”