The Scottish Government is well on its way to reaching its target of 150 Community Sports Hubs across 32 Local Authorities by 2016. Their development is supported with £1.5 million per year.
Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn has announced that 34 new projects are to receive awards from a Legacy 2014 funding programme set up to benefit communities across Scotland.
Tennis courts, a climbing wall, a diving platform, and a primary school adventure play area are among the projects across Scotland which will share over £1.5 million from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, the Scottish Government’s £10 million pot to upgrade or create new sports and physical activity infrastructure.
Following the fifth and final allocation of the fund, 188 projects across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities have now received awards from the £10 million Active Places Fund.
Mr Hepburn announced the new projects as he visited Cumbernauld Centurions BMX Club, one of the first facilities to benefit from the Active Places Fund. The Minister for Sport was accompanied by Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, and Blane Dodds, North Lanarkshire Leisure’s Chief Executive.
Mr Hepburn said:
“The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund has been helping to secure a lasting legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games across Scotland with almost 200 local projects now supported.
“The projects are great examples of where people come together to identify what their community needs. Whether it’s upgrading an existing facility, or starting a brand new venture, the Active Places Fund has been able to help these projects, big and small, to encourage physical activity in their communities. I hope that as a result of these investments many more people will be inspired to take up sport and lead more active lives.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said:
“Communities right across Scotland have benefitted from the Glasgow Games, and these new projects will help provide more and better opportunities for people to take part in and progress in a wide range of sports and physical activities.
“These 34 new awards are part of almost 200 projects to receive investment from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund which is playing an important role in improving and creating excellent facilities all over the country.
“This £10 million investment has helped deliver an impressive breadth of community, school, outdoors, and sports-based projects and is an integral component of the significant and positive legacy.”
Blane Dodds, North Lanarkshire Leisure’s Chief Executive, added:
"Through the Active Places Fund, the legacy of Glasgow 2014 is coming to life in communities all over Scotland, including North Lanarkshire and here at Broadwood. The BMX track here would not have been possible without Active Places support, and later in the year we'll also be launching a brand new tennis centre just around the corner.
"I'm proud of the difference the Games continue to make to the people of North Lanarkshire and to be here to learn of the benefits they'll soon bring to other parts of Scotland."
The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund supports communities across Scotland to develop more and better places to be active, and is administered by sportscotland, the national agency for sport. Grants up to £100,000 were available to help build or upgrade local facilities such as new bike or skate parks, outdoor adventure facilities, walking routes, or new projects within school estates.