Legacy of Games can transform Scotland
The official start of the London 2012 Olympic Games today has been hailed as the inspiration people across Scotland may need to adopt new sports and healthier lifestyles.
The health and social benefits of regular sporting activity are well known, but many people need the kind of inspiration to motivate them that only a major sporting tournament can provide.
As work progresses on more and more of the 150 community sports hubs that are due to be built across Scotland as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy, people in Scotland will have more and more opportunities to get active.
Delivery of these hubs will build upon the significant investments in sport that have already been made by the Scottish Government, such as the active schools programme which has benefitted from £12 million every single year or the £27 million of funding that has gone to sports groups under the Cashback for Communities scheme.
Commenting, SNP MSP Jim Eadie said:
“With the Olympics now officially getting under way, there could scarcely be a better time to be inspired to take up a new sport. That spark of inspiration could help people enjoy more active, healthier lifestyles and potentially even lead to a new generation of Olympic athletes.
“Of course just as important as people being inspired to take up sports is that the facilities are in place to support them. The SNP Government has made significant investments in sport over the years, but the coming years will see even further developments.
“As we get closer and closer to hosting our own Games in Scotland in two years’ time, communities the length and breadth of the country will be seeing new sports hubs opening for business in their area. That investment in communities across Scotland will ensure that Glasgow 2014 truly is a Games for everyone in Scotland.
“As fantastic events as major sporting tournaments are, it is the legacy they leave behind that is their most important aspect.
“Between the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, I truly hope we will see a transformation in the number of people in Scotland taking up regular sports. That would be the greatest victory of all.”