Spirit is a Legacy Partner of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and has received an additional £500k of funding from the Scottish Government.
An initial £200,000 is being used to ensure that the learning from the eleven Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund partners can be shared and used by others. A newly developed What Works Toolkit, a series of roadshows and the use of Legacy Fund partners as ‘Active Champions’ will help others in the sector to replicate what has worked so far in helping the least active people in Scotland enjoy more healthy and fun physical activity.
The funding was announced at The Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund Conference in Edinburgh, which brought together 200 delegates from across Scotland to share the learning from the Fund partners. The Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund funded projects throughout Scotland from Cairngorms to the Borders, and has supported a wide variety of people, from the elderly to young mums, to become more active. Additional funding will support the Sporting Equality Fund, which aims to increase the number of women and girls who participate in sport in Scotland. Spirit has been given £300,000 to make grants, using insight and evidence from the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund Spirit will work with Scottish Women in Sport and Sport Scotland to refine the grant criteria and develop the Fund further.
Aileen Campbell, Minister for Public Health and Sport said: “We want to do everything we can to support inactive people within our communities to become ‘active’ because we know it brings benefits beyond being physically healthier – it supports emotional and mental wellbeing too. The 2014 Commonwealth Games acted as a catalyst for us to promote physical activity across Scotland with the Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund. Learning from this is now influencing our thinking at both a local and national level in how we support people to become, and stay, more active.
”We are delighted that Spirit 2012 will have oversight of the Sporting Equality Fund which will be open for applications later on this year and encourage more women and girls to engage in being active”.
Debbie Lye, Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive, explained: “This funding builds on our successful partnership with the Scottish Government, and we’re determined to share and mainstream the ‘golden nuggets’ of valuable learning from the first phase of the Physical Activity Fund. The opportunity to manage the Sporting Equality Fund to increase physical activity among Women and Girls is particularly exciting and complements other support Spirit is focusing on the promotion of gender equality.”
This additional funding takes Spirit’s total Legacy 14 funding to £1.3 million