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New projects to benefit from £2.4m legacy funding

Funding / Sport and physical activity
BMX tracks, new paths on the Union Canal and a refurbished bothy in Glen Affric are among projects awarded Games legacy funding today.

47 projects across Scotland will share £2.4 million from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, the £10 million fund to upgrade or create new sports and physical activity infrastructure.

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison visited Crags Community Sports Centre in Dumbiedykes, Edinburgh to see plans for new city centre mountain bike, BMX and trail bike tracks.

Ms Robison said: “The Commonwealth Games was Scotland’s biggest ever sporting event and the Active Places Fund is creating a lasting Games legacy of better facilities tor sport or physical activity.

“The Active Places Fund is about creating new and different ways of getting people walking, running or taking part in sport, often in imaginative ways. This new round benefits 47 projects and takes the total number of initiatives across Scotland to 156.

“From upgrading existing facilities to taking on entirely new challenges, communities are embracing the Games legacy and coming together to deliver fantastic projects that are helping people become more active.” 

Angus Calder of the Braidwood Bikepark Group said: "The SKELF bike park project is about creating a fantastic and fun bike play space for local young people. The Dumbiedykes area is one of the 20% most deprived areas in Scotland with real problems with poor health and unemployment, while the Braidwoods are a haven for anti-social behaviour.

“Creating the SKELF bike park bike park will attract people and life back into the woods, making a real community asset of a currently wasted resource. The project will also be a safe place for local schools to run bike skills classes and PE.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland said: “It is terrific news that a further 47 deserving ventures will benefit from the latest Active Places Fund tranche, which has already invested in over 100 projects. sportscotland is committed to providing more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and physical activity, and this Fund is a key component of delivering that objective.

“We are working closely with the Scottish Government to continue implementing the successful sporting legacy from Glasgow 2014 and, consequently, Scotland’s sporting system is the most sophisticated it has ever been.”

The news comes as the updated Glasgow 2014 Highlights Report was published, highlighting achievements for Glasgow and Scotland.

The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund is part of the Scottish Government’s Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 programme, which will give communities across Scotland more and better places to be active, and is administered by sportscotland, the national agency for sport.

Grants up to £100,000 are 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. Applications for the fifth and final round of the Active Places Fund are being accepted now, with a closing date of 1 February 2015.

The full list of Round 4 funded projects can be accessed here

More information on sportscotland’s work on the legacy of the Games legacy