sportscotland has today (Tuesday) announced record levels of investment into Scottish sports for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Pyeongchang Winter Olympic/ Paralympic Games 2015-19 cycle.
Continuing the momentum in Scottish sport gained from the successful Glasgow Commonwealth and Sochi Olympic/Paralympic Games 2011-15 cycle within development and performance, which was underpinned by strong governance, a projected total of over £45 million is to be invested in the 17 Glasgow Games sports and both Winter Olympic/Paralympic sports over the next four years.
The increased Scottish Government and National Lottery investment from the Glasgow and Sochi Games cycle to the Gold Coast and Pyeongchang Games cycle equates to a rise of seven per cent, or £3 million.
The national agency for sport’s approach to investment in Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport (SGBs) is underpinned by the five key principles of system approach, sustainability, high standards, impact, and additionality.
Those sports demonstrating they are building capacity, showing growth in membership, displaying good governance, and attaining performance targets have been rewarded.
Commenting on the figures, sportscotland’s Chief Executive Stewart Harris said:
“It is terrific news for Scottish sport that more money from the Scottish Government and National Lottery is being invested into the Commonwealth Games and Winter Olympic/Paralympic sports.
“We are spending public money and must invest wisely. Consequently, those sports which have made good progress in terms of building capacity, demonstrating growth in memberships, and attaining performance targets have been rewarded. For other sports, where some challenges remain, sportscotland will continue to work with them and support them to help them rebuild.
“Thanks to a cohesive partnership approach we are building a world-class sporting system for everyone in Scotland.”
Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn said:
“This record investment in Scottish sport’s governing bodies will benefit all participants - our clubs, volunteers, performance athletes, and coaches. It will help us to continue to increase capacity in sport, building on the hugely successful and inspirational 2014 Commonwealth Games.
“Scottish sport continues to move in the right direction. The successful collaboration between sportscotland, the Scottish Government, local authorities, and the sports bodies themselves has significantly strengthened the system in recent years.
“The positive impact of hosting the Commonwealth Games has been felt right across the sporting spectrum, boosted by other high profile events like the Ryder Cup and the Davis Cup. The sporting legacy of the 2014 Games has produced better and more plentiful opportunities for people to take part in sport and physical activity, regardless of their ability.”
Maggie Murray, Chief Executive of Netball Scotland, said:
“The Commonwealth Games was a significant milestone in the development of our sport in Scotland. Investment by sportscotland during this period has yielded one of the most productive and progressive phases in our history resulting in a 58% increase in membership over four years and an improvement in our World Ranking from 17th to 11th.
“Amongst the relentless pressure to improve the performance of our national team we took the tough decision to put equal effort into developing an excellent, modern governing body that is fit-for-purpose, a cohesive and robust development pathway for players, coaches and officials, and a commitment to build our clubs for long-term success in development and performance.
“sportscotland have been courageous in recognising and rewarding that effort and I am delighted that we have their increased commitment and support to help realise our ambition to be the first choice sport for girls and women.”
Craig Burn, Scottish Cycling’s Chief Executive, said:
"Scottish Cycling are delighted with the ongoing support from sportscotland. Both the investment and the world-class services that we receive from the sportscotland institute complements the work we are doing right across the sport for our youngsters, clubs, and performance athletes.
"This investment and support is allowing us to grow the membership of our clubs, support the training and development of our younger athletes, performance athletes, coaches and officials and, ultimately, assists us in achieving our vision of being the best performing small cycling nation in the world.”
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