Spirit of 2012 has received £200,000 of additional Commonwealth Games 2014 Legacy Funding from the Scottish Government.
Spirit has been granted this additional funding to ensure that the learning from the Legacy 2014 projects can be shared as widely as possible across Scotland, helping to create a lasting legacy of increased activity from the 2014 Games. We are also working closely with University of Strathclyde, to ensure the impact and learning from the eleven projects is captured effectively.
Spirit of 2012 Chief Executive, Debbie Lye, said: “This additional grant to Spirit from the Scottish Government is a sign our shared commitment to creating an enduring legacy for people across Scotland from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Legacy 2014 projects encourage and empower people to take up physical activity in a variety of settings within their communities. This extra funding will enable us to share the learning about what works best, so that other local partnerships across the country can focus more effectively to build a healthy and happy Scotland.“
Aileen Campbell, minister for public health and sport, announced the latest awards, saying: “I’m delighted on the second anniversary of the best-ever Commonwealth Games to announce the latest round of legacy funding. We know how important an active lifestyle is for both our physical and mental health, so it’s fantastic to see communities right across Scotland embrace the Games legacy and come together to deliver projects that are helping people become more active."
The Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund projects are spread throughout Scotland from Cairngorms to the Borders, and work with a wide variety of people, from the elderly to young mums, providing a wide range of accessible physical activities and volunteering opportunities.
Spirit is a legacy partner of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, and was initially awarded £800,000 by the Scottish Government to scale up existing local projects, nominated by the Community Planning Partnerships, aimed at getting the least active people in Scotland more active and generating learning for the benefit of the rest of Scotland. This recent additional funding takes the total funding awarded to Spirit by the Scottish Government up to £1million over an 18 month period. Spirit and the Scottish Government will hold a conference to share the learning from the first 11 projects in Spring 2017.
(image: The Legacy 2014 Physical Activity Fund aims to reach and work with groups who are most at risk of inactivity. One of the 11 projects funded through the programme is Drumchapel Sport, pictured)