On 23rd July 2014, the XXth Commonwealth Games will open in Glasgow. This will mark the start of 11 days of world-class sport and sporting achievement.
Scotland, particularly Glasgow, will host up to 6500 athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth countries and territories across 17 sports and will welcome many visitors and spectators.
Glasgow 2014, and other major sporting events happening both in Scotland and in the UK between now and 2014, will bring a wealth of opportunities and not just to deliver a world class sporting occasion. To maximise the possible benefits from these events we must start to plan now.
This plan sets out our aspirations before, during and after the Games to 2019. This is the start of the story and highlights how we intend to go forward over the coming years to ensure we reap the benefits of Glasgow 2014 and other major events. An Active Scotland, A Connected Scotland, A Sustainable Scotland and A Flourishing Scotland represent our ambitions for a lasting and positive legacy. They are about making faster progress towards a healthier nation; developing healthy communities; and a strong and flourishing economy.
Above all, it is about making the whole of Scotland fit for the future and enhancing Scotland’s reputation internationally.
Editor's comments - [ Glasgow is the most deprived city in the United Kingdom, health and other social inclusion issues are particularly prominent in the city.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games brings an opportunity to invest in the city and the Scottish Government appear keen to (in some way) address wider issues of poverty and social inclusion in the city on the back of the ‘legacy’ of the games.
Over the last 30 years the mortality rate has become an outlier when compared with the rest of the UK and rest of Europe. Even when the effects of poverty and deprivation are taken into account, the mortality and ill-health in the population is higher than would be expected (the ‘Glasgow effect’). This has led to a series of health, social and economic interventions in the City designed to change these trends and improve outcomes for Glasgwegians, but with limited success. In 2007 the City placed a bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. One of the stated aims of this bid was the potential for the Games to generate a positive legacy in terms of health, social and economic outcomes. (McCartney, 2010)
The organising committee of the Glasgow Commonwealth games have borrowed both the legacy tag line from London 2012 and indeed their constitution in the form of a private limited company; so and effectively nullifying the concept of the Freedom of Information Act (2000). ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from In the text: Cryer (year)
Reference : Games Legacy Team. (2009). On your marks: A games legacy for Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Government
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