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An ambitious plan to ensure that most people in Scotland are within 20 minutes' walk of a sports centre by 2007 has been revealed.

The goal has been set by Scottish Executive agency SportScotland which is implementing the Sport 21 strategy.

The three-year plan aims to make sports centres more accessible, get primary pupils more active and encourage people to join sports clubs.

Local strategies for promoting sport will be finalised over the summer.

The ambitious plans also include getting one million Scots to play sport as a member of a club by 2007 and creating 250 Scottish medallists on the world stage.

Fitness framework

Sports Minister Frank McAveety said: "A great deal of work has been done so far in developing strategies for meeting these targets.

"I would like to thank all organisations involved in the process to date for their very valuable input and their commitment to and enthusiasm for the process."

Alastair Dempster, chairman of SportScotland, said the plans will have to be driven forward "energetically".

Mr Dempster said: "When we launched Sport 21 a year ago I said that while this provided an excellent framework for the development of sport in Scotland, it was only the starting point.

"Just over 12 months on I am delighted that we have developed target strategies and that all our partners are still on board and fully committed to turning the targets into action and for that I thank them."

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