New figures produced for SPICe by sportscotland have shown that grassroots sport in Scotland is benefitting from the SNP Government’s funding programmes and the legacy of the Commonwealth Games – as the number of sports clubs, community sports hubs and participants in the Active Schools Network continue to grow.

Since the Community Sports Hub programme was established in 2010, 157 hubs have become operational across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities, with 55% of the hubs based in schools, including the Tryst CSC based at Larbert High School.

Over £770 million has been invested by sportscotland and its partners in community sports facilities since the SNP came to power in 2007, including over £96 million in 2015/16 alone.

The positive legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is clear in the number of Scottish Governing Bodies of sport (SGB) affiliated clubs at 13,491 in 2015-16, up from 9,943 in 2013-14, and the Active Schools Network growing to provide over 6.5 million sport and physical activity sessions in 2015/16 – with over 22,000 people taking part in delivering them, including 19,000 volunteers.

The 2014 Games has also had a positive practical impact after the track and other equipment from the Games have now been installed at the Grangemouth Sports Stadium for the benefit of all who use these state of the art facilities.

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East) said:

“These latest figures show yet again that the SNP Government is offering effective and substantial support to grassroots sports in Falkirk district and across the country – encouraging more people of all ages into sport and exercise.

“There is no doubt that the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have left a positive legacy, with the number of sports clubs ballooning since 2014 – and sportscotland confirming that the total number of sports clubs will be even higher than the 13,491 in their official figures.

“The Community Sports Hub programme has been a roaring success since it was established in 2010/11, and we now have 157 of these across the country, with the majority located in schools. The success of the Community Sports Hub at Larbert High School is testament to the positive vision contained within the original policy. Investment in community sports facilities by sportscotland and its partners is over £770 million in the years since the SNP came to power, and this excludes the investments made by local authorities, sports governing bodies, higher education institutions and others.

“It is this investment in sport and exercise that is encouraging more people to become active, with all the knock-on benefits for both physical and mental health. The Scottish Government will continue to focus on developing grassroots sport in Scotland, as well as continuing to improve equal access, helping to nurture the sports stars of the future and create a healthier, more active society.”

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