Be part of the Games as new £10M 2014 Legacy fund opens

BERWICKSHIRE residents are being urged to ’Be Part of the Games’ by accessing grants of up to £100,000 to build or improve sport and recreation facilities in the city.

As the new Legacy 2014 campaign gets underway to highlight ways in which people across Scotland can benefit from the Games, the £10m Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund is now open for applications.

Offering grants of between £10,000 and £100,000, the fund will help communities create or upgrade local facilities designed to get people more active, such as building new bike or skate parks and outdoor adventure facilities.

The Active Places Fund is just one of many initiatives being delivered as part of the Scottish Government’s Legacy 2014 programme to ensure the Commonwealth Games delivers a positive and lasting legacy for people across Scotland.

One person benefitting from the Games coming to Scotland is 21-year old Adam Martin from East Lothian. Having been involved in the Dehli Handover Ceremony in 2010, the young sports coach has championed the Games from the very start. Now, thanks to national youth information and citizenship charity Young Scot’s Youth Legacy Ambassador Programme, Adam is one of 120 Youth Legacy Ambassadors being supported in getting his local community involved in the Games.

Speaking about his experience, Adam said: “We want to inspire more young people to lead active lifestyles and let them be at the heart of this once-in-a-lifetime event. We are already working hard to make this a reality and I think momentum will only continue to build as 2014 gets closer.”

Launching the campaign this week, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said: “The Commonwealth Games will be the biggest multi-sports event Scotland has ever hosted and provides a unique opportunity to create a positive and lasting legacy for Scotland.

“The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund will help communities across Scotland improve their facilities and will appeal to Scots young and old to get more active. I want as many people as possible to benefit and to be inspired by the Commonwealth Games to adopt healthier, more active lives.”

To find about more about the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, visit www.sportscotland.org.uk/Activeplacesguidance