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Scotland set for greatest Games ever

Glasgow 2014
Minister says new statistics show positive impact of Games on economy and society.

Nearly of all Scotland’s young people are interested in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with a third of them wanting to watch the event live at venues, according to new figures.

Speaking at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison confirmed that 94 per cent of all 11-18 year olds are interested in the event and that Scotland is ready to host the greatest Games ever.

Ms Robison is the first Scottish Government Minister to be invited to address CHOGM.

The latest update on the Scottish Government’s Assessing Legacy 2014 website, published today, highlights the range of indicators tracked from the 2008 baseline that will inform the wider legacy evaluation programme. The latest update also shows:

  • use of local authority leisure facilities is up, with an average 10 visits per person per year, up 22 per cent in Glasgow since 2010/11 and 12 per cent across Scotland
  • 44 per cent of people in the east end of Glasgow think their area has got better in the last three years, compared to 14 per cent nationally
  • the total area of vacant and derelict land in the East End of Glasgow has gone down by 32 per cent between 2011 and 2012
  • the amount the Sports Activity and Recreation Education sector contributes to the Scottish economy has risen by £68 million since 2008 to £508 million, up 15 per cent.

Addressing the Commonwealth Games Federation Sports Breakfast in Colombo, which is part of CHOGM, Ms Robison said:

“Scotland is ready to welcome the world to Glasgow in 2014 as hosts of the 20th Commonwealth Games. Scotland is ready to host a spectacular Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“It’s fitting that we are in Sri Lanka, for this is the country in which Scotland won the bid to host the Commonwealth Games back in 2007. Since then we have worked tirelessly with our partners to stage a world class Games that the Commonwealth can be proud of.

“Research published today shows that, across Scotland, we are already seeing the economic and social benefits of hosting the Commonwealth Games. Glasgow 2014 will rightly be an athlete centred games, but as these figures show the Games is also a powerful catalyst for economic growth, regeneration and encouraging us all to leave healthier and more active lives.

“The Games also provides a platform for Scotland to secure new business and investment opportunities. Scotland currently have £1.8 billion pounds of exports to the Commonwealth - excluding the UK - and we aim to strengthen these economic links through activity such as staging a Commonwealth Games Business Conference on the eve of the event, which I announced this week.

“2014 promises to be a special year for Scotland are we are already experiencing benefits from the hosting the Games. But that is only the start of our legacy ambition.

“This Government is focused on ensuring that when Scotland welcomes the world to watch sport, play golf, do business or enjoy our modern vibrant culture in 2014, they will not only have a fantastic experience, but there will be lasting economic and social benefits for Scotland.”

Chair of sportscotland Louise Martin CBE said:

“The 2014 Games provides an exceptional opportunity to showcase the best of Scotland and to deliver a successful sporting legacy.

“sportscotland is working closely with the Scottish Government to encourage people to lead more active lives and these new figures show the growing momentum and excitement around the Games is capturing the imagination of our young people and improving use of sports facilities.

“As we continue to expand Scotland’s range of excellent facilities and provide more opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity, we can be assured that Scotland will benefit from a lasting sporting legacy far beyond 2014.”

Assessing Legacy 2014

Assessing Legacy 2014 tracks a set of outcome indicators which form part of the evaluation of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. These indicators will give us a broad picture of how we are progressing against legacy outcomes, as well as addressing some of the key research questions which will be answered as part of the evaluation.

Assessing Legacy 2014