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Active Legacy

Contact Games Team

  • Phone 0141 287 0961

The games encouraged Glaswegians of all abilities and ages to celebrate personal achievement through sport and physical activity. By providing a range of new and improved world-class venues across the city, alongside more sports coaching, and club development programmes, we are inspiring the city's residents to live healthier, and adopt more active lifestyles, much more than ever before.

Glasgow has an ambition to become one of the most active cities in Europe and this is being supported by our active legacy projects:

Increase the capacity of sports infrastructure

Community Sport

Supporting community clubs to develop and grow so they can attract more resources and deliver better sporting and personal development opportunities including the development of community sports hubs.

Coaching Strategy

The strategy aims to ensure the city has a larger workforce of better qualified coaches and officials meaning improved coaching provision and greater club participation.

Diversionary Projects

Sporting activities for disengaged/SIMD-based young people using mobile resource, youth clubs and schools. Sports include athletics, basketball and football.

Performance Development Pathways

Developing Glasgow's priority and disability sports squad structures, including, delivering individualised training/coaching opportunities and providing competition opportunities.

Playground to Podium

The project provides disability sport pathways by identifying and nurturing disabled young people with the potential to be elite athletes focusing on 7 sports: athletics, boccia, football, lawn bowl, gymnastics, swimming and table tennis.

Increase participation in physical activity

Active Health

Designed to meet the activity needs of senior adults, the programmes include: running network; activity works; hill-walking; outdoor adventures; 'On Yer Bike' cycling; Shape Up; Silver Deal Active; Live Active; Vitality and Walk Glasgow.

Cycling Strategy

16 Km of new cycle lanes are being created across the city, including:

Smarter choices: key cycle routes have been developed within the east end of Glasgow as part of the high profile "Smarter Choices, Smarter Places" cycling/walking initiative.

Anderston/Kelvingrove Cycle Route (Connect2): this route provides a dedicated cycleway from Kelvingrove Park in the west to Central Station in the city centre.

Cathkin Braes Country Park: as a legacy of the Games a world class mountain bike facility was developed and is open to all.

Routes to Cathkin: the country park is located on the southern edge of Glasgow Clyde Valley and the completion of cycle routes to the country park to minimise unnecessary car trips is at an advanced stage.

Case Studies

Easy Exercise Classes For Over 60s: Betty Swinbourne, 64 from Sandyhills, takes part in the Easy Exercise class run for over 60s in Glasgow. She said: "I go to my class every week and I love it. The classes have helped me lose weight and as well as keeping me fit, it's a good chance to meet new friends and have a good blether.

I already use the gym at Parkhead and swim for free at Tollcross Pool so I know firsthand how good some of Glasgow's facilities are. The Commonwealth Games will do a lot for Glasgow, and the new venues being built will encourage more people to exercise.

The Commonwealth Games will give young people role models and inspire those who don't consider themselves to be sporty to get involved. I'm proof that it's never too late to get started!"


Local Heroes - North East: Ross McFarlane, Senior Champion Wrestler: East Ender, Ross McFarlane (26), British Senior Wrestling Champion, category 55kg is part of the Scotland squad hoping to achieve a medal at Commonwealth Games which is his main aim and focus right now.

Ross said: 'I started wrestling when I was 14, my uncle took me to the local wrestling club. Within a year I was training around 5 times a week on top of school and this carried on until I was 17. During that time I won many domestic competitions and even travelled with the British team several times. However, attending University and having a job made me fall away from the sport.'

'I returned to wrestling properly at the beginning of 2010, though at the time I wasn't even thinking about competing at the Commonwealth Games. Within 9 months, however, I was training with the Scottish team just before they left for Dehli. Sadly, I couldn't join them then. But since they have came back, I have continued training with them and working hard hoping that next year I can have some success. My coach Vladimir works really hard for all of us so it would be nice to give something back for the time and effort he puts in.'

'Next year there will be a massive buzz around the city. Glasgow is known for its great support: whether it is music, sport, or any other event. And I am sure that when kids and even adults see a lot of the home talent performing and winning on home soil, it will help to boost local communities. Personally I would hope that I can do well enough, that I can give wrestling a bit more of a presence in Scotland. If my success can encourage anyone to take up any sport, I would be happy. It would be great to give something back to all the people who have been there for me and supporting me along this journey'

'What excites me the most about the Commonwealth Games is having the chance to perform in front of a home support. Having your family and friends there, and even strangers cheering you on - it will be just amazing! Hopefully it will be possible to use that energy to achieve something next year.'

Contact Games Team

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