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Scottish sport benefits from Glasgow Games legacy boost

04/02/2015
Sport and physical activity
Issued by sportscotland

The national agency for sport, sportscotland, has today (Wednesday 4 February 2015) released figures which demonstrate that last year’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games has helped provide a significant boost for Scottish sport.
 
Projected figures show that, overall, there has been an 11 per cent increase in memberships of the 17 Commonwealth Games sports’ governing bodies over the past four years (2011/12 – 2014/15).
 
Many Scottish sports have registered encouraging membership increases during the four-year Glasgow cycle, including a 58% rise at Netball Scotland, a 49% growth at Scottish Triathlon, and a 37% increase at Scottish Gymnastics.
 
Growth has also occurred in the 13 Olympic sports outwith the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, as they collectively recorded a nine per cent increase in membership during the same period. 
 
In further positive news, figures also show that in Scotland’s Community Sport Hubs at the end of 2013/14, there were 818 individual clubs with 86,373 members participating in 49 sports across Scotland’s 32 local authorities. At the end of 2013/14 there were 113 Hubs, whereas there are now 134 up-and-running, so the club and member figures will also have increased and will be collated and published at a later date.
 
The Community Sport Hub initiative is a key component of sportscotland’s contribution to the Scottish Government’s 2014 legacy plan, and provides an exciting and innovative approach to the development of sport in local clubs which bring local people together and provide a home for the local clubs and sports organisations. They also provide information, support, and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities.
 
Since financial year 2010/2011, sportscotland has been investing approximately £1.5 million of Lottery funding per annum into developing at least 150 hubs across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities by 2016.
 
sportscotland also revealed that over the last five years there has been a huge increase in the number of coaches completing the new United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Awards, and they are helping to absorb the growing capacity of Scottish sport. In 2009/10 there were 4,808 UKCC Level One coaches and by 2013/15  the number had accumulatively increased to 16,489  – a rise of 243 per cent - and, over the same time period,  the number of UKCC Level Two coaches grew from 764 to 4,202 – equating to a 450 per cent rise.
 
Commenting on these impressive figures, sportscotland’s Chief Executive Stewart Harris said:
 
“The exciting build-up to the Glasgow Games and the spectacular success of Team Scotland last year has significantly helped raise the profile of sport, and these encouraging figures demonstrate the positive legacy impact of Scotland hosting the Games.
 
“It is terrific to see increases in the memberships of so many Scottish Governing Bodies in sports which participated at Glasgow 2014 as well as those that were not one of the 17 sports taking part, and the phenomenal growth in the number of qualified coaches in Scotland is also helping our sporting system successfully cope with a growing capacity. 
 
“Community sport has been considerably strengthened by our investment into clubs and Regional Development Officers for our sports’ governing bodies, our strong partnerships with the sports and local authorities, as well as the growing number of Community Sport Hubs across Scotland.
 
“Supported by investment from the Scottish Government and National Lottery, we now have a very sophisticated sporting system with more and better opportunities for people to take part in and enjoy sport at school, community, and performance levels.”
 
Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn said:
 
“It’s tremendously encouraging to see this evidence of increasing interest in sport. To see the governing bodies attracting more members, and more clubs joining the Community Sport Hubs, is a real sign that sport is on the up in Scotland. I’m also pleased to see such an enormous increase in the number of registered coaches.
 
“The legacy of the Commonwealth Games was to inspire people to take part in physical activity, whether that is through a formal sports club or just taking regular exercise. Team Scotland did us proud in Glasgow with a record medal haul, now it’s up to all of us to make sure that Scottish sport continues to grow and prosper.”