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Scotland celebrates Games Legacy

22/02/2014
Community Engagement
A nationwide celebration of the benefits of hosting the Commonwealth Games gets underway.

From Monday (24th Febuary 2014), and with less than 150 days to the Commonwealth Games, a national ‘Legacy Week’ will highlight the ongoing economic, cultural, educational and sporting legacy from the Games.

During Legacy Week, individuals, communities and organisations in Glasgow and across Scotland will be holding events and raising awareness of their Commonwealth Games legacy.  The Week is an opportunity to find out about the hundreds of projects and programmes connected to the Games, to see how they are improving the lives of people and leaving lasting benefits beyond 2014.

Members of the public can discover more about the Legacy 2014 projects in their area and show their support through social media updates and adding a Twitter or Facebook ‘Twibbon’ to their accounts.  Many organisations are also taking the opportunity to showcase initiatives to build on the legacy of the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has ever hosted.

The celebration is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Glasgow 2014.

Organisers are urging people to use legacy week to apply for the many programmes  supporting projects and individuals, such as: 

  • Run by the Big Lottery Fund, the £4m Celebrate Fund offers grants to communities holding celebrations around the 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • The £10m Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, delivered by sportscotland, is available to support new and improved local sport and recreation facilities
  • Schools can get their pupils to join more than 250,000 already  involved in the  national Game On Scotland education programme
  • Businesses can apply to the Legacy 2014 Employer Recruitment Incentive to access financial support to offer training opportunities to young people
  • Young people can apply to be part of the 33Fifty international leadership programme and free event for Commonwealth citizens aged 18 – 25 being held in July 

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison, said: “As the largest sporting and cultural event Scotland has ever hosted, the Commonwealth Games has to deliver long lasting benefits for Scotland before, during and long after the Games have finished.
 
“The support for Glasgow 2014 from people across Scotland has been amazing and there are thousands of people working to create a permanent legacy that leaves a healthier, more active and prosperous Scotland.

“Legacy Week is our chance to celebrate these people and these projects, to highlight the world of possibilities to get involved in the Games and to give people the chance to be part of it and build their own Legacy from the Games.”

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow has been delivering on its legacy ambitions for some time, not least through the jobs and training commitment of the £50m Glasgow Guarantee, an increase in sports participation and dozens of community projects.

“Our Games venues have been open to the public since last year and we’re now getting ready to host the biggest event ever to come to the city.

“With just a few months to go until we welcome athletes, officials and visitors from across the Commonwealth to the biggest event ever held in Scotland, Legacy Week will be an opportunity for people to find out more about all of the work we’re doing to make sure everyone benefits from the Games and how it is changing Glasgow for the better.”

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said:  “Legacy Week is a fantastic chance to recognise the huge amount of activity already taking place in Glasgow and across Scotland, with opportunities driven and inspired by the Games.

“We support our Games Partners, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government, in emphasising that legacy doesn’t just happen to you, it happens by you getting involved and making things happen.

“The legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is already in action and people are benefitting from the Games by developing and participating in so many wonderfully successful projects.”

Show your support for Legacy Week and by adding a Twibbon to your Twitter or Facebook! These are Our Games and Our Legacy, be part of it!

Our Games Our Legacy Twibbon

Find out more about how people and communities across Scotland are already benefiting from Glasgow 2014 in the new publication Scotland’s Games Legacy.

Scotland's Games Legacy