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Councillor McDonald and children celebrate the launch of A Legacy Framework for Glasgow’s Sport and Physical Activity

News Glasgow Launches A Legacy Framework For City’s Sport And Physical Activity

The city of Glasgow has launched A Legacy Framework for Glasgow’s Sport and Physical Activity, a plan to support and encourage involvement in both sport and physical activity across the city.

Building on the success of Glasgow’s 2014 Legacy Plan, a bespoke development programme which sparked an increased involvement of residents in sport and physical activity, this new Framework will seek to secure and create more opportunities within the city for local citizens to get and stay active.  

With the inaugural 2018 European Championships set to be jointly-hosted by Glasgow and Berlin next year, the event is set to inspire yet more residents to get physically active and participating in sport, thereby contributing to the overall health of the population.

Launched today by Councillor David McDonald, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, the Legacy Framework has been developed in partnership with city and national stakeholders. 

It highlights the need to capitalise on Glasgow’s existing physical infrastructure, and build on momentum generated by high-profile sporting events, such as the 2018 European Championships. Outlining plans for partners to work collaboratively to deliver a shared city vision for sport and physical activity, the Framework details an approach to address the inequality of access and participation and to capture and build on the city’s civic pride. 

Councillor McDonald said: “Next year, our city will play host to more than 3,000 of the best athletes in the world as we welcome the inaugural European Championships to Scotland. This will be the biggest event held in Scotland since the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and our goal is to ensure the Championships leave behind a lasting legacy for Glasgow. 

“Our city is one of the top five sporting cities in the world and is well-known for our ability to host and produce hugely successful large-scale sporting events. However the real success of these events isn’t measured by spectators or visitors to the city: the real success is in how many local citizens are inspired by elite athletes and are motivated to get fit or keep active, whether that be in one of our world-class sporting facilities, or by making the most of Glasgow’s beautiful outdoor spaces. 

“In the years that have followed Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, we’ve seen a huge rise in sports participation in our city – whether that’s the almost 10,000 new members to join Glasgow Club since 2014, or the continued development of schools participation in legacy programmes through sports such as gymnastics, athletics, dance and the velodrome track cycling sessions for children and young people across the city through our Active Schools programme.

“In fact, this week in the Emirates Arena, hundreds of school pupils will pick up rackets to try out badminton and watch some of the action at the Scottish Open Grand Prix. Events encourage young people to try out new activities and help us cultivate the next generation of great Scottish athletes.

“However, we are not blind to the fact that more work can be done. The significant progress which has been made in supporting a growth in sport and physical activity still leaves many challenges.

“By working together with our partners on the Legacy Framework for Glasgow’s Sport and Physical Activity, I am confident we can continue to build our city’s success story into 2018 and beyond – and create a legacy of which we can be proud.” 

An online copy of the Legacy Framework for Glasgow’s Sport and Physical Activity is available here.