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SPORT FOR ALL BECOMES A REALITY IN SCOTLAND

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As welcome as a last minute Scotland winning goal at Wembley or drop kick at Twickenham was Convention of Scottish ...
As welcome as a last minute Scotland winning goal at Wembley or drop kick at Twickenham was Convention of Scottish Local Authorities' reaction to finance minister Andy Kerr's announcement today outlining the ten successful bids that will share in a£230m sports investment.

COSLA president Pat Watters said: 'This is fantastic news for sport in Scotland at all levels.

'Not only is it a major investment in the health and infrastructure of our communities it will provide Scottish Sport at all levels with a much needed shot in the arm.

'There is no doubt that Scotland has suffered not only in sporting terms due to the failure of our national football side to qualify for the last three major international competitions and it is good to see the executive taking steps to address this.

'Indeed it is fair to say that, our women's curling team aside, Scottish sporting success over the last couple of decades has been non- existent.

'However perhaps in recognising this lack of success the first minister did promise that there would be a legacy for Scottish sport from the Euro 2008 and this announcement more than honours that commitment and offers a much brighter future for our budding sports men and women.'

Mr Watters concluded: 'The finance minister's announcement, which cover a range of sports, will provide our athletes with much needed facilities to achieve sporting excellence whilst at the same time give our communities further facilities for health improvement and that is extremely welcome from COSLA's point of view.'

Graham Garvie, COSLA's arts and culture spokesman said: 'We welcome this investment as an encouraging start to investment within sporting facilities in Scotland and we look forward to building on this work in partnership with Ministers and the Scottish Executive.

'This will aid the achievement of the Sport 21 strategies and address issues within the wider health improvement agenda, by increasing communities access to sporting facilities.'

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