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The Commonwealth Games Legacy for Communities Programme

Latest news and information relating SCDC's Commonwealth Games Legacy for Communities programme.  Please contact Andrew Patersonon 0141 222 4837 for more information on any of the following.



Inspiring article from LEAP Sports (04/10/12)

Fraser Johnston of LEAP SportsSCDC is pleased to make available a thought provoking article by Fraser Johnston (pictured) from LEAP Sports, one of the projects participating on the Commonwealth Games Legacy for Communities Programme. In his article, Fraser focuses on the shared experience of sport and its ability to cast light on what we have in common. He highlights the crucial role of LEAP Sports in helping to plan a legacy for LGBT communities from the Scottish 2014 Commonwealth Games and asks for the views and experiences of LGBT people in Scotland to help take this forward. 

Download Fraser's article here and read more about LEAP Sports Commonwealth Games activity on LEAP's website.  If you want to get in touch with Fraser email


Update from Community Links in South Lanarkshire (24/08/12)

Community Links, a community health project in the most disadvantaged areas of South Lanarkshire, recently joined the second tranche of the Commonwealth Games Legacy Programme.  We asked their Community Involvement Officer, Francesca Lynch, what it means to community links and people in South Lanarkshire to be addressing legacy a this stage.  Francesca replied:

"Community Links have been engaging with local communities for over 10 years to encourage and develop empowerment and inclusion. We are delighted to be part of SCDC's Legacy Project and welcome the opportunities that this will present in developing and strengthening our local communities. We truly believe that the lead up to Glasgow's Commonwealth Games promises to be a very exciting time for the whole of Scotland with real opportunities for positive change being presented. We now need to build on momentum clearly generated by London 2012, and use this opportunity to assist in the enhancement and development of individuals - particularly young people's - core beliefs, attitudes and ambitions to help them recognise their potential and ensure and encourage robust, dynamic and vibrant communities for the future."

Find out more about Community Links at

Passing on the torch in Coupar Angus (19/06/12)

On the 19th June 2012, the streets of Coupar Angus in Perth and Kinross were crowded with enthusiastic crowds keen to welcome the Olympic Torch relay.  When asked what they felt might be the legacy for Coupar Angus of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 many were surprised to hear that such a big international event was coming to Scotland.  Some thought it would have little effect, others were more visionary and spoke of it being inspirational for the town's young people.  One local resident said:

"It could be very inspirational for young people that great games are coming to Scotland and it maybe will release a lot of hidden local talent, keeping young folk on the right track"

A youth worker spoke of the opportunities to get local people involved through mini events at local schools or by having big screens up to allow local folk to share in the ceremonies of the opening procession or some of the bigger events that they wouldn't be able to attend in person.

Several local people were happy to give their names to work with the local authority staff and SCDC to see how Coupar Angus might benefit from exploring the possibility of local legacy from the Commonwealth Games and will come together on 12th September to see what ideas could be taken forward.  A similar consultation event will take place on the same evening in Kinross to see what the views of local people there might be.  See our programme events calendar for more details on both these events.

See our latest Spotlight Project for a more extensive exploration of how the Legacy for Communities Programme is supporting  community projects in different parts of Scotland.  For older Spotlight Projects, click here.