All eyes may be on Glasgow this sporting summer but now, thanks to £1 million of National Lottery cash, local community groups from across Scotland will be able to make the 2014 Commonwealth Games their own.
From Stornoway to the Scottish Borders, 192 groups are today (18 March) sharing in grants of up to £10,000 from the Celebrate and 2014 Communities funds for a range of unique sports, arts, heritage and community 2014 Games inspired activities.
Amongst today’s successful projects are the “Erskine Games’ which will provide an especially adapted sports event for ex-Service men and women from five Erskine care homes across Scotland
Erskine Chief Executive, Steve Conway, said: “Without the Celebrate grant our planned activities, in particular, our very own ‘Erskine Games’ would not be possible. This fantastic award will allow Erskine veterans to celebrate and fully enjoy these special Commonwealth Games along with the rest of the country this summer.”
Announcing the awards, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said: “I am delighted to see such a wide and diverse range of projects benefiting from the Celebrate and 2014 Communities funds. This Lottery funding will reach into some of Scotland’s most rural and remote communities, as well as inner city areas, allowing people across Scotland to feel connected to this landmark sporting event.