April 28 - The revamping and building of venues for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has created 6,000 jobs and provided a £52 million ($88 million/€63 million) boost to the economy, according to a report published by the Scottish Government today.
The report also claims Scottish companies have procured 82 per cent (£257 million $433 million/€312 million) of the total £313 million ($527 million/€380 million) worth of tier one contracts relating to the Games.
A further estimated £14 million ($23 million/€17 million) financial boost will come from national and international events secured pre and post the Games.
Glasgow was awarded the Games in November 2007 and in the period since, it is claimed, 5,000 Games-related training and job opportunities have been created, including for young people and long-term unemployed.
In addition, around 200 jobs have been created and a £10 million ($17 million/€12 million) economic boost on average in each of the six years leading to the Games, has been reported through the multi-partnership firm Clyde Gateway Urban Regeneration Company (URC).
Much of the regeneration has taken place in Glasgow's East End following an initial £100 million ($170 million/€120 million) investment by the Glasgow URC.
Situated in the East End is Celtic Park, which will host the Opening Ceremony and the purpose-built Emirates Arena, including the Sir Chris Hoy Veldrome which will host badminton and cycling during the Games.
In addition, the newly-built Athletes Village will be home to more than 6,000 athletes and will be adapted to provide 700 homes and a 120-bed care home for the elderly after the Games.
A total of 13 venues be used during the 11 days of action from July 23 to August 3, including the SECC Hydro on the banks of the River Clyde, which was opened last year and will host gymnastics and the netball finals.
The report, entitled, An Evaluation of Legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: Pre-Games Report, is the second in a series of studies focussing on the legacy for Glasgow and Scotland following the hosting of the Games.
The first legacy report was published in 2012, while a post-Games document is due to be published in autumn 2015, followed by updates in 2017 and 2019.
"We want to host the greatest ever Games and it is vital to everyone involved in Glasgow 2014 that the benefits are felt long after the world class sport has finished," said Scottish Sports Minister Shona Robison, who is currently in Canada to promote the Games as the Queen's Baton Relay make its way through Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton.
"Legacy is central to all we do around the Games.
"That is why I am delighted that today's report charts the excellent on-going progress of the significant Games legacy which is already embedded in Scotland.
"Such evaluations are not only vital for the Scottish Government and its partners, but will be a useful resource for future host cities, and those like Edmonton which are in the running."
The Glasgow 2014 legacy programme was launched in 2009 and is a ten-year plan aimed at achieving a lasting social and economic legacy for Scotland following the hosting of its biggest-ever sporting event.
The Scottish Government and a range of national partners claim they hope to achieve this by focussing on four areas, including using the Games to contribute to the growth of the Scottish economy; help get more people physically active; strengthen connections at home and internationally through culture and learning; and demonstrate environmental responsibility; and help communities live more sustainably.
"The legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is already in action and people are benefitting from developing and participating in projects driven and inspired by the Games," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg.
"We continue to support our Games Partners, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish Government, with their legacy ambitions and welcome the publication of this report."
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