Sport and Commonwealth Games
Scots are passionate about sport and our country has a long and proud sporting tradition. But sports participation and achievement are only part of the picture. Tens of thousands of Scots already realise the benefits to be gained from participating in some form of physical activity. We want more people to get active. We believe that only by looking at physical activity and sport together will we harness that passion and tradition to make them an engine of positive change in our country - improving health, reducing anti-social behaviour and making our society fairer.
Commonwealth Games and its Legacy
Helping Scots become more active is at the heart of our vision for a sporting nation. The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow provide a fantastic opportunity for Scotland to realise that vision and embed physical activity in our culture. The Scottish Government is committed to funding 80 per cent of the total cost of the Games and a re-elected SNP will ensure the Games continue to be delivered on time and on budget.
The Scottish Government's 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. The SNP's manifesto for sport aims to use the Games in 2014 to put Scotland on the path to a healthier and more successful future.
A re-elected SNP government will continue to demand the return of lottery monies diverted from Scottish good causes to help fund the London Olympics. The UK government has confirmed that a sum of £114 million has been diverted. The return of this funding, and the delivery of specific lottery support for the Commonwealth Games as for the 2012 Olympics, would help turn what we consider to be a good legacy from the 2014 games into a great legacy.
Our sportsmen and women can be proud of their achievements on the international stage. For example, we exceeded our expectations when it came to securing medals at the Delhi Games. We want to maintain that success and will provide £8 million in funding for our elite athlete programme up to 2014.
Community Sports Hubs
Community Sports Hubs are a key legacy component of the SNP's ambition for a healthier and more active Scotland. Based in local facilities such as sports centres, community centres and schools, hubs bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations. Hubs also provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for local people to engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle. Only by making participation in physical activity and sports more accessible and attractive will we succeed in our overall ambition to create a more active population.
The SNP in government has thus far delivered 35 community sports hubs in eight local authorities. We will build on this success by committing to deliver at least 100 community sports hubs across all 32 councils by 2014.
We will also support community ownership of local sports facilities. The SNP government has invested heavily in funding to support the creation of social enterprises and we will encourage local communities to engage with these funding streams to take forward their plans.
If we are to make Scotland an active nation, getting children involved in sport at an early age is vital. Alongside the community sports hubs, the Active Schools programme is designed to increase the number of opportunities for children to get engaged in physical activity and sport. The programme develops links with sports clubs and other community organisations to give pupils a "pathway" to facilitate their participation in sport beyond school. The Active Schools has proved a remarkable success. From the £13 million invested to fund the programme in 2009-10 we saw:
• the deployment of 450 Active Schools staff
• participation by 2,500 schools in all 32 local authority areas
• the delivery of almost 5 million sessions in 69 different sports
The SNP in government will build on this success by continuing to fund the Active Schools programme in line with existing levels.
To this end, we will continue to work with COSLA to open up the school estate over and above regular hours and, in doing so, deliver more sporting opportunities for children as well as the wider community.
Delivery of PE
Under the SNP, huge strides have been made in the delivery of Physical Education in our schools. 55 per cent of school pupils now receive two hours of PE per week, compared to just 5 per cent in 2005. In addition, 60 per cent of secondary schools inspected in 2009-10 were delivering at least two 50 or 55-minute periods.
We will build on this progress and by 2014 our aim is to deliver at least two hours of PE in primary schools and at least two periods of PE in secondary schools for pupils in S1-S4.
Investment in Sport
CashBack for Communities - The lack of sports facilities and sporting opportunities in local neighbourhoods can lead to frustration and disillusionment amongst youngsters. That is why we have used £40 million seized from organised criminals and invested it in a wide range of activities including in sport - from football to basketball to hockey - for children in deprived areas. We will expand the use of this "CashBack" money for community sports.
Football - Football is a force for good in Scotland. Investment from the Scottish Government in the development of football reached a record level of £6.5 million in 2009-10. But we must do more to develop Scotland's national game.
The SNP will continue to work with the SFA to ensure recommendations of the McLeish Review into Scottish Football are delivered. As part of this we will fulfil the Scottish Government's commitment to invest £4 million from sportscotland in the Youth Action Plan over the next four years. We will review the Youth Action Plan to ensure that our continued support for the youth game is developing grassroots football in Scotland. We will also work with Supporters' Trusts to ensure an enhanced role for these important organisations in our national game.
We will use funding from our Young Scots Fund to provide a new National Indoor Football Centre with attached National Football Academy, one of the key recommendations of the McLeish Review. We will invite Local Authorities to bid to have the new centre in their area.
Rugby - Through the cashback programme since May 2007, over £4.5 million has been committed to assist in the development of rugby facilities and implementation of Scottish Rugby's strategic plan.
The SNP will fulfil the commitment of the Scottish Government in 2008 to provide Scottish Rugby with £3.8 million over six years to deliver activities in communities across Scotland. We will also continue to work with Scottish Rugby and other partners to try and secure a leg of the IRB Sevens World Series in Scotland.
Clubgolf - This is Scotland's junior golf initiative and was established as a direct result of Scotland's bid to host the Ryder Cup in 2014. It is delivered in 31 of the 32 local authorities and provides children with an opportunity to experience golf in primary school. Over 180,000 Scottish schoolchildren have progressed through this initiative. Since its inception, the Scottish Government has provided annual investment of £500,000 directly to support this programme. We commit to maintaining this level of funding for the duration of the next parliamentary term.
Swimming - Over and above the £1.4m provided to Scottish Swimming, the Scottish Government has announced an additional £0.8 million to be used as part of a top-up programme which helps Local Authorities work towards an aspiration of helping Primary 7 aged school children learn to swim.
The range of sports which receive government funding through sportscotland is considerable. Over 40 sports, from Angling through to Wrestling, receive direct support. These reflect the rich diversity of activity which thousands of Scots enjoy. We will continue to ensure that this diversity is maintained and promoted.
In government the SNP reversed decades of under investment in Scotland's sporting facilities. Since May 2007, the Scottish Government in partnership with sportscotland, has invested almost £35 million in sporting facilities. This has helped to deliver or is delivering:
• Four new multi-sports world-class facilities in Aberdeen, Ravenscraig, Stirling and Scotstoun in Glasgow.
• Four large-scale Commonwealth Games projects currently underway - National Indoor Sports Arena, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Tollcross pool in Glasgow along with the improvements to the Commonwealth pool in Edinburgh.
• 22 football projects valued at over £4 million which has seen new and improved pitches in 13 sites, including eight 3G synthetic pitches and also improvements to changing facilities at 10 locations across Scotland.
• 11 swimming pools with £15.2 million investment including the Olympia pool in Dundee.
• A further 31 projects offering new and improved facilities including support for Pickaquoy on Orkney, Dumfries Ice Bowl and a new Fife Institute in Glenrothes.
The SNP will also ensure that a further £5 million of CashBack monies announced by the Scottish Government in March of this year delivers 21 new multi-sport 3G pitches allowing communities across Scotland to benefit.
Please see page 31 of the Scottish National Party manifesto for this policy.
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Retrieved on 16/04/11 (1:56pm) from: 2011 Party Manifesto