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Investment and assets from Glasgow 2014 still improving, transforming and saving lives

Glasgow 2014
Issued by Glasgow 2014.

Communities, families and thousands of individuals across Glasgow, Scotland and beyond are continuing to benefit from the assets and investments of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in a diverse range of ways.

From infrastructural investment in venues, the gift of world-class sports equipment for schools, to essential medical kit helping transform the lives of mums and their children in Africa, Glasgow 2014’s assets will go on helping to inspire and transform lives long after Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival, widely credited as the Commonwealth’s best-ever Games.

Young people in Glasgow’s East End now have the fun of playing with games consoles, pool tables and board games used by top Commonwealth athletes in the Athletes’ Village through donations made to organisations including Active East, the Scottish Refugee Council youth club and the Dalmarnock Hub.

Even spare clyde-sider uniforms have not gone to waste, with surplus items of the distinctive red and grey ensemble distributed through a number of charities including Waste to Wonder which has taken the clyde-sider kit to Sierra Leone and Mary’s Meals which has distributed items in Malawi. 

Glasgow 2014’s active distribution of assets and long-term investments also includes:

  • Around £1million of infrastructural and technology investments across a range of Glasgow venues including roof works at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, lighting at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and electrical upgrades at Kelvin Hall
  • All the beds and furniture from the Athletes Village to be made available to current and new Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) residents, other social housing tenants, communities and charities thanks to a donation by the Organising Committee and Ramler, Glasgow 2014’s Official Furniture Supplier
  • Up to £550,000 of sports equipment used in training and competition to remain in Scotland through a partnership with SportScotland plus Active Schools across every local authority area to receive small items such as balls, bibs and stop watches
  • An additional £100,000 of sports equipment including judo mats, swimming lane ropes and a  boxing training ring gifted to Glasgow Life through the AG Barr Trust, the charitable arm of Games Sponsor, AG Barr
  • Bedding items from the Athletes village including 6500 duvets and 5000 pillows donated to a range of organisations including the Scottish Refugee Council, Salvation Army, Girl Guides and Boys Brigade, many of whom provide ‘starter packs’ for individuals, families or support services for the homeless
  • £10,000 of essential medical equipment including stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors and thermometers gifted by Games organisers to a Scottish-based charity which provides free maternity care and surgery to help African women injured in childbirth. 

David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive said:

“People have always been at the heart of the story of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, so it’s absolutely appropriate that our assets should still be having a positive impact on communities and individuals, not just in Glasgow or Scotland but in other parts of the Commonwealth.

“I hope Glasgow 2014 continues to enhance lives and inspire for many years to come.” 

Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison said:

“Every single piece of equipment that is suitable is being donated and reused by someone who needs it, in Glasgow or around the Commonwealth - a truly global legacy of the greatest ever Games.”

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council said:

“It is very pleasing that the assets of Glasgow 2014 are being distributed so well in the city, Scotland and across the Commonwealth. 

"The planning for the Games always had legacy at its heart, and after such a successful 12 days during the summer, it is fantastic to see that so many people different people and organisations are now benefiting from these assets and investments.“

Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland said:

“It’s fantastic to see such a wide and diverse range of people and communities in Glasgow, Scotland and internationally continuing to experience the benefits of Glasgow 2014 in a real and practical way.

“Amongst the many beneficiaries, it is particularly pleasing to think that so many children and young people across Scotland can enjoy emulating their Team Scotland heroes, using the same sports equipment that was used by the elite athletes of the Commonwealth.”