GLASGOW 2014 LEGACY HELPS GRASSROOTS SPORT IN FALKIRK DISTRICT FLOURISH

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£770M INVESTMENT IN SCOTLAND HELPING HUBS AND CLUBS THRIVE SINCE 2007

New figures produced for SPICe by sportscotland have shown that grassroots sport in Scotland is benefitting from the SNP Government’s funding programmes and the legacy of the Commonwealth Games – as the number of sports clubs, community sports hubs and participants in the Active Schools Network continue to grow.

Since the Community Sports Hub programme was established in 2010, 157 hubs have become operational across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities, with 55% of the hubs based in schools, including the Tryst CSC based at Larbert High School.

Over £770 million has been invested by sportscotland and its partners in community sports facilities since the SNP came to power in 2007, including over £96 million in 2015/16 alone.

The positive legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is clear in the number of Scottish Governing Bodies of sport (SGB) affiliated clubs at 13,491 in 2015-16, up from 9,943 in 2013-14, and the Active Schools Network growing to provide over 6.5 million sport and physical activity sessions in 2015/16 – with over 22,000 people taking part in delivering them, including 19,000 volunteers.

The 2014 Games has also had a positive practical impact after the track and other equipment from the Games have now been installed at the Grangemouth Sports Stadium for the benefit of all who use these state of the art facilities.

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East) said:

“These latest figures show yet again that the SNP Government is offering effective and substantial support to grassroots sports in Falkirk district and across the country – encouraging more people of all ages into sport and exercise.

“There is no doubt that the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have left a positive legacy, with the number of sports clubs ballooning since 2014 – and sportscotland confirming that the total number of sports clubs will be even higher than the 13,491 in their official figures.

“The Community Sports Hub programme has been a roaring success since it was established in 2010/11, and we now have 157 of these across the country, with the majority located in schools. The success of the Community Sports Hub at Larbert High School is testament to the positive vision contained within the original policy. Investment in community sports facilities by sportscotland and its partners is over £770 million in the years since the SNP came to power, and this excludes the investments made by local authorities, sports governing bodies, higher education institutions and others.

“It is this investment in sport and exercise that is encouraging more people to become active, with all the knock-on benefits for both physical and mental health. The Scottish Government will continue to focus on developing grassroots sport in Scotland, as well as continuing to improve equal access, helping to nurture the sports stars of the future and create a healthier, more active society.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP VOTES FOR LANDMARK SCOTTISH BUDGET

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LABOUR/TORY/LIBDEM OPPOSITION FAIL TO SUPPORT INVESTMENT IN FALKIRK DISTRICT

Communities across the Falkirk district are set to benefit from greater support as a result of the Scottish Government’s Budget, SNP MSP for Falkirk East has said. This includes the continuation of the electrification on the railways between Falkirk Grahamston, Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa and funding for Forth Valley College.

Labour, Tory and Lib Dem opponents failed to support investment for Falkirk district in the budget – with the three opposition parties voting against the SNP’s proposals to fund local services on Thursday.

Angus MacDonald has condemned the approach taken by the three parties, including Alison Harris MSP, providing opposition for opposition’s sake rather than supporting investment in communities throughout the Falkirk district.

Commenting, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“This Scottish Government budget provides a strong funding deal for Falkirk district, giving spending commitments in the NHS, education, infrastructure, environment and the economy. For the opposition parties, with the exception of the Greens, to vote against all of this was deeply disappointing and against the best interests of our communities.

“It was disappointing to see Labour, the Lib Dems and the Tories be more interested in political point scoring rather than standing up for their local communities across the Falkirk District – but there’s still time for them to drop their opposition and back the Scottish Government’s proposals as the Budget Bill progresses.

“The Falkirk district itself will benefit from a range of direct spending commitments, including an additional £4.5 million for Falkirk Council and funding for Forth Valley College in order for them to continue delivering for our young people.

“Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems should think again before choosing to rob the Falkirk district of these vital services in a narrow-minded campaign designed to achieve nothing more than embarrassing the SNP Scottish Government. This budget is too important for our communities to allow that to happen.”

ANGUS MACDONALD MSP WELCOMES £3.5million BOOST FOR FALKIRK DISTRICT SCHOOLS

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Schools across the Falkirk district will benefit from a £3.5million funding boost as part of the Scottish Government’s drive to improve standards in schools, it has been revealed.

The share each school is due to receive from the Scottish Government’s new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund has been revealed by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Fifty primary schools and eight secondary schools across the Falkirk district are set to receive additional support worth thousands of pounds. It will be up to teachers and school leaders to decide the best way of using the funding to close the poverty related attainment gap in their schools.

Welcoming the announcement, SNP MSP Angus MacDonald said:

“Every child in Scotland should have the best possible start in life, and it is unacceptable for children from the poorest backgrounds to have their chances limited by circumstances outside their control.

“The SNP in government has made closing the poverty-related attainment gap our number one priority, and our new £120 million Pupil Equity Fund is aimed at doing just that – supporting fifty primary and eight secondary schools across the Falkirk district.

“This new announcement will let parents, teachers and school leaders in the district see how much funding they can expect to drive up standards and tackle the inter-generational cycle of deprivation in their school.”

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