Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has welcomed the news that Scottish businesses have won 133 of the 171 contracts for Commonwealth Games 2014 providing economic hope in this challenging climate.
Linda said “Already we are seeing job creation and economic regeneration in relation to this great event which will pay dividends for generations to come, as well as bringing long lasting benefits to the health and wellbeing of the nation through initiatives like the Year of Active Scotland.
“Almost uniquely for an event of this size, all the infrastructure and investment for the Games are set to be delivered on time and on budget.
“We can look forward with confidence to the sporting spectacle and give the competitors the friendly welcome we are famous for in the west of Scotland.
“The 2014 Commonwealth Games really has been managed in such a way that as well as a marvellous occasion for the athletes and spectators, there will be a lasting legacy for the people of Glasgow and Scotland as a whole.
“We are enjoying grants and lottery investment in a variety of health and fitness related facilities, such as the brand new Chris Hoy Velodrome.
“In East Kilbride alone we have seen investment in sports such as bowling, athletics and cricket as well as grants going to several of our schools for widening access to health and fitness related activities like aerobics, dance, cheerleading and rugby.
“Who knows, maybe in years to come we will see more elite level athletes from East Kilbride gracing the world stage.”
Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, in a statement to Parliament said “Preparations for a memorable Glasgow 2014 are progressing well, with many of the venues already in place and work underway on the remaining facilities.
“The Games will have a transformational impact on Glasgow through new infrastructure and regeneration that will leave a lasting legacy of reduced journey times, lower congestion and opportunities for improved public transport that will benefit not just Glasgow but the whole West of Scotland.
“The Games are increasingly giving a welcome boost to the wider economy. Businesses large and small are winning valuable contracts from both Glasgow 2014 and London 2012.
“We have already seen 1,000s of jobs maintained to construct some of the key infrastructure projects around the Games. For our young people in particular they are providing a much needed step on to the employment ladder providing real social and economic hope.
“And just today the Organising Committee will make a significant announcement on the contracts for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games offering Scotland’s burgeoning creative sector an opportunity to play its part in making these Games a spectacular success.
“But the benefits of the Games will be felt beyond Glasgow, and I’ve been very clear that helping Scots get more physically active is our over-riding legacy ambition. That’s why we are continuing to invest in ensuring that we provide easy access to local facilities for communities across Scotland and I am delighted to announce that there are now 41 Community Sports Hubs up and running throughout Scotland.
“These hubs are providing a home for the community to come together. They cater to the local needs of each community and support participation in physical activity across the country.
“I am committed to build on the success we have achieved so far by setting a new target of having 150 Hubs by 2016 with at least half of these based in schools. This demonstrates our commitment to deliver a legacy beyond 2014 and reinforces our view of the important role community sport plays, particularly using the school estate.
“Scotland will be a stronger sporting nation following the Commonwealth Games and this commitment reinforces our view that Community Sports hubs will play a critical role in helping to deliver our aspirations throughout Scotland.”