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Record medals to create lasting sporting legacy

12/06/2014
Sport and physical activity
Scotland’s sporting bodies have said they are confident that Glasgow 2014 will be their most successful Commonwealth Games ever.

At a meeting with Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Sport and Commonwealth Games, Scotland’s governing bodies of the Commonwealth sports set out how record levels of investment have helped prepare their athletes for this summer’s sporting spectacular.

The Cabinet Secretary also discussed how Scottish sport can capitalise on the Games impact.

To help prepare for the Glasgow Games, the 17 Commonwealth Games sports were awarded over £38 million in Scottish Government and National Lottery investment. The award represents a 23 per cent increase for the four-year 2011-15 period compared to the previous four-year cycle. 

The investment was made to help Team Scotland deliver their biggest ever team and ensure they are on target for a record medal haul. Team Scotland have set themselves a target of at least 34 medals, which would beat the highest ever medal tally set at Edinburgh 1986.

Ms Robison, said: 

“The sporting bodies have told me how the additional investment  can help Team Scotland achieve its best ever performance at the greatest Commonwealth Game ever. Thanks to the additional investment athletes can realise raised ambitions on the world stage.”

The meeting on Wednesday fell during legacy week (Monday 9 June – Friday 13) when people, communities and organisations across Scotland highlight how they are improving the lives of people across Scotland.

Ms Robison also heard how the Sporting Bodies are equipped to deal with demands from Glasgow 2014.

“As we enter the finishing straight, Team Scotland is in great shape as they make their final preparations. The rest of us have an opportunity to look at what comes next and how we can use their inspiring performances to encourage the next generation of athletes to follow in their footsteps.

“Across Scotland I have seen leaders at all levels creating a legacy for physical activity and the sporting bodies are well positioned to make the most of the Games.  We want the wider sport community to capitalise on the impact and interest that the Games will generate. I’m clear that Scotland will be a better place for having hosted Glasgow 2014. 

“The Scottish Government wants to continue to build a lasting legacy from the Games and investment - along with a suite of interventions and initiatives from sportscotland - is ensuring our clubs, coaches and volunteers can grow from the Games.

“The Games will be a platform for future Scottish success on the world stage.”

Chair of sportscotland Louise Martin, who said: 

“Thanks to additional Scottish Government and National Lottery investment, we have been able to help ensure that Team Scotland athletes head to Glasgow as the best ever prepared team.

“We are delivering on the Scottish Government’s sporting legacy ambitions by implementing world-class structures in both performance and community sport.

“Our experts and practitioners at the sportscotland institute of sport have been working closely with Scottish sports and our athletes now have world-class levels of support, but our sporting ambition doesn’t end in 2014. We are providing more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to become involved in sport and physical exercise, while creating the next generation of high performance athletes.  We already have 131 operational Community Sport Hubs across Scotland providing a home for clubs and terrific opportunities for people to play a multitude of sports in excellent environments where they are well coached.

“The hubs system complements our Direct Club Investment and Active Schools network, which is delivering programmes designed to motivate and inspire children and young people. We now have a sophisticated pathway from school to club to performance sport, which is helping deliver a long-term sporting and physical activity legacy right across the country.”