Boost for next generation of potential TeamScotland stars

Young people in Dumfries and Galloway are set to benefit from the legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after organisers donated sporting equipment to the region.

Organisers and Sportscotland “aim to empower a new generation of sporting stars” by distributing over £600,000 of sports equipment used at the event to facilities around the country.

As part of the Glasgow 2014 legacy plan, Dumfries and Galloway Council will receive an allocaton of items through Sportscotland’s Active Schools Network. This will include the likes of rugby balls, netballs, shuttlecocks, whistles, stop watches, and more.

In addition the national agency for sport, Sportscotland which is managing the process in partnership with Glasgow 2014, has also arranged for larger sports items to go to clubs and sports facilities. This is being allocated across 13 sports governing bodies, 30 clubs and 13 facilities/trusts.

The bodies will receive over £200,000 of equipment, with another £200,000 going to the clubs and facilities. Separately £200,000 of weightlifting and powerlifting equipment will go to the sportscotland Institute of Sport to upgrade and replace existing items. The Active Schools Network allocation is valued at over £15,000.

A key role of the Glasgow 2014 Sport Operations team was to identify more than 300,000 individual sport specific equipment items required to stage each of the 17 Games sports. This was a significant project in terms of coordinating the purchase, hire or shared use of items from around the world and then working with key stakeholders including sportscotland to ensure distribution across Scotland after the Games.

The Leader for Dumfries and Galloway Council, Ronnie Nicholson said: “It is excellent news to hear that some of the sporting equipment used to deliver the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is coming to Dumfries and Galloway. The Council’s Active School and Community Sport team deliver a wide range of programmes including many Commonwealth Games sports and this can only add value to the excellent work being done across the region. It is also fantastic news that the sportscotland investment will benefit Nithsdale and Stewartry Athletics Clubs, Bravehearts Amateur Boxing Club, Dumfries Amateur Swimming Club, and Dumfries Ice Bowl. It highlights how communities across Scotland are benefiting from the legacy of staging the games and hopefully the equipment can inspire athletes from this region to be future TeamScotland athletes”