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Funding boost for sporting legacy

Sportscotland wants to encourage more participation in sport

Sportscotland has announced almost 3.5m to improve sports facilities ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Swimming pools and sports complexes in East Kilbride, Orkney, Dunfermline and Edinburgh are among the projects that will benefit from the funding boost.

Money will also be spent on football, golf and tennis schemes in Dumfries and Galloway, Aberdeenshire and Troon.

Sportscotland said it wanted to create a lasting legacy from the 2014 games.

A report commissioned by the national sports agency in 2006 demonstrated the need for improved facilities throughout Scotland.

It said that a significant increase in levels of resources was needed to develop an infrastructure of facilities sufficient to support increased participation and to develop sporting talent for the future.

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 provide a clear focus and opportunity to develop many aspects of Scotland's sporting infrastructure
Louise Martin CBE
Chair of Sportscotland
The funding announcement included 1.1m towards the major refurbishment of Carnegie Leisure in Dunfermline, 1.2m to create a new swimming pool and squash courts at the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall, and 500,000 towards the refurbishment of the Dollan Aqua Centre in East Kilbride.

Inch Park in Edinburgh will benefit from 450,000 towards a multi-sports facility.

Smaller projects that received cash included a pavilion development at Nithsdale Wanderers FC in Sanquhar, an all weather sport court at Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire, a new practice area at Kenmay Golf Club and a new clubhouse at Troon Lawn Tennis Club.

Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland, said: "The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 provide a clear focus and opportunity to develop many aspects of Scotland's sporting infrastructure.

"We believe that improving Scotland's stock of sports facilities across the country is one of the most important and greatest challenges which we must jointly tackle if we are to encourage more people to become active."

She added: "I am particularly delighted to see community projects for a wide variety of sports, including many which will feature in the Games, benefiting from this investment across the length and breadth of Scotland."

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