Details of the 40 projects across Scotland that will benefit from the second round of the Active Places Fund were today announced by First Minister Alex Salmond.
The First Minister announced the £2 million boost to community projects as he visited the bust of Hawick rugby legend Bill McLaren in Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, where he confirmed that Bill McLaren Park Ltd has been granted £77,000 to help build three all-weather tennis courts in the town.
This project aims to encourage physical activity as part of the Government’s Games legacy programme.
Other projects to benefit from the funding include Arbroath Skate Park, Cycle Speedway at Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline, a play park climbing wall in Buchlyvie and a Trim Trail with play equipment at Elphinstone Primary School in East Lothian.
The announcement is the second allocation of funds from the Scottish Government’s £10 million Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund.
The First Minister said the investment in this community facility in Hawick – and many others across Scotland – is part of this government’s vision to deliver a lasting legacy through the Games.
“This will be by improving local facilities and encouraging people to get active, either through sport or something simple like going for a walk,” Mr Salmond said.
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said sporting facilities for both performance athletes and local communities are the best they have ever been in Scotland.
“We are well placed to capitalise on the growing captivation surrounding next year’s Games as we continue to expand Scotland’s stock of excellent facilities and provide more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and physical activity,” Ms Martin said.
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