£4m Fund For Sports Facilities

Communities across Scotland will be able to access more than £4 million funding to improve sports facilities in their area.

The cash will be available over the next four years through sportscotland, the Scottish Government's national agency for sport.

The announcement was made as the Scottish Cabinet gathered in Fort William for their first meeting in the town, and the first of four Cabinet meetings and associated events being held outside Edinburgh over the summer.

Projects with a value of up to £100,000 will be available to community groups and sports clubs to upgrade and improve local facilities. This will help increase participation levels and provide support to sports in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

It complements plans by the Scottish Government to create 100 Community Sports Hubs by 2014, to ensure that all of Scotland benefits from the Games.

This pledge has been backed by £1.5m annual funding as part of a Games Legacy plan. Based in local facilities such as sport centres and schools, hubs provide information, support and advice on sports and physical activities in local areas to encourage Scots to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: "The Scottish Government takes sport and physical activity seriously. We are committed to improving facilities for communities across Scotland, and we want everyone to be able to access quality sports amenities in their local area.”

"This commitment is especially important in the run up to Homecoming 2014 - the year in which Scotland will host the Ryder Cup and Commonwealth Games. During 2011, the year of Active Scotland, we aim to celebrate and promote the benefits of an Active Scotland for all.”


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