Move to involve communities in 2014 Games

RESIDENTS in Aberdeenshire 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.

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, outdoor adventure facilities, or walking routes.

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.

Commonwealth Games and Sport minister 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.

“Of course, a lasting legacy from the Games is not just about getting more people active. It’s also about creating a stronger Scotland in terms of our economy, culture and community. We want to see Scottish business win contracts and prosper, young people gain jobs and experience, our international reputation enhanced, and our communities celebrating the Games.”