After a fantastic summer of sport the Big Lottery Fund is delighted to be able to put more money into 2014 Communities so clubs and teams, across Scotland, who are currently being inundated with people young and old inspired to get involved with sport have the financial back-up to support these extra people who are coming through their doors.
Today’s £500k boost means 50 per cent more funding is available this year to bring new people into sport and physical activity. By the end of 2014 the Big Lottery Fund will have invested £5.8 million into 2014 Communities allowing everyone the chance to get involved with the biggest sporting event in Scotland for a generation.
Joined by future Scottish champions from the Scottish School of Sport, Olympic 200m Freestyle Finalist and 2010 Commonwealth Games 200m Freestyle Gold Medal Winner Robbie Renwick said: “After being a part of this fantastic summer of sport I know it’s really important clubs and teams, across Scotland, have the financial back-up to make sure all the new people who have been inspired to get involved with sport can do just that.
“Not everyone will have the chance to win a gold medal but thanks to 2014 Communities and this extra funding more people can get up and share the chance to try something new.”
Jackie Killeen, Scotland Director, Big Lottery Fund said: “We have a simple goal to ensure a Commonwealth Games legacy for all of Scotland, which lasts beyond the ten day sporting spectacular. We know from this Olympic and Paralympic summer that everyone has been inspired to go out and get active and 2014 Communities funding will allow more people to do exactly that.”
Paul Zealey, Head of Engagement and Legacy at Glasgow 2014 added, “Glasgow 2014 offers opportunities for all of Scotland to be inspired by and benefit from the Commonwealth Games. We are working with partners to create more ways for people to celebrate the countdown to the Games and realise a lasting legacy across the country.
2014 Communities is about increasing participation in sport and physical activity. While it’s linked to the 2014 Glasgow Games it can fund all sports and also includes physical activity like walking, dance, yoga and tai chi.
Groups can apply for grants of between £300 and £2000 for a project in any given 12 months.2014 Communities has run since November 2008 and will continue until after Commonwealth Games take place in 2014.
For more details on how to apply and further information go to www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/2014