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Sport hub network plan launched

Sports facilities in Scotland will benefit from a £23.3 million investment plan to give the country a lasting legacy from the Commonwealth Games to be held in Glasgow in 2014.

A network of community sports hubs will be created across Scotland to support athletes, as well as development programmes for existing facilities.

First Minster Alex Salmond launched a legacy blueprint for the Games at the People’s Palace in Glasgow, and said he wants to see a “physical regeneration” inspired by the event.

Funding of £18 million from sportsscotland and £5.5 million from the Big Lottery Fund 2014 communities grants programme has been secured to pay for the planned developments. Altogether the legacy investment pot is currently over £32 million.

Mr Salmond said: “As well as having great ambitions for Scotland’s sporting stars at the 2014 Games, this Government has great aspirations for the event to be a catalyst for physical, economic and social regeneration.

“A Games legacy for Scotland outlines an ambitious long-term approach that aims to capitalise on this once-in-a-generation opportunity to host a major international sporting event in the heart of Scotland.”