The future of sport in Glasgow has never been brighter according to a report considered by Glasgow City Council’s Executive Committee .
Glasgow’s Sports Development Legacy Programmes have enabled the city to fund high performance coaches in athletics, gymnastics and swimming as well as the creation of targeted development and education coaching programmes in hockey and badminton. As a result Glasgow athletes performed exceptionally well at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games including pupils from the Glasgow School of Sport. Seven past and present pupils represented Scotland at the Games including Michael Jamieson who won silver in the 200m breaststroke.
Fellow swimmer Robbie Renwick, who trains with the City of Glasgow Swim Team at the Glasgow Club Tollcross, was one of the leading stars of Delhi 2010, winning gold in the 200m freestyle and silver in the 4x200m freestyle.
The Executive Committee has also approved £195,000 for the Glasgow Wildcats netball franchise over the next three seasons (2011-2014) to help develop elite players who will compete in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. This comes on top of £200,000 previously invested in the Wildcats by the City Council. In total 15 members of the current Wildcats and Scotland national squad are residents of Glasgow or play for a city club.
Glasgow City Council’s Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “The future of sport in Glasgow has never been brighter. Many of our young athletes and sports stars performed exceptionally well at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, winning medals for Glasgow and Scotland .
“Our Sports Development Legacy Programmes have supported many of these athletes and this will of course continue as we build towards hosting the next Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We are fully committed to giving our athletes the best possible chance of going for gold at Glasgow 2014 and are looking forward to the future with a great deal of optimism.
“In addition our investment in netball has also brought significant results with Scotland climbing four places up the world rankings from 17th to 13th over the last two years alone. The Wildcats have also been involved in a number of grassroots initiatives which have helped see participation increase, with over 75% of Glasgow Primary and Secondary Schools now playing on a regular basis.
“Combined, these projects will help ensure that we leave a lasting legacy for the city of Glasgow , a key aim of our Commonwealth Games programme.”
Denise Holland, head coach of Glasgow Wildcats, said: “This is fantastic news not only for the Wildcats but for netball as a sport. It will enable us to continue the development of elite players ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, while also encouraging young people to play the game.”
Other key highlights of the Sports Development Legacy Programmes include the performance of Drumchapel Table Tennis Club, who were the first Scottish club to win the British Championship, before successfully retaining the title undefeated.
A total of 250 children participated in a rugby 7s primary school festival that was supported by Scotland ’s Rugby 7s national squad.
In athletics, 19 Glasgow athletes under the age of 20 years, are ranked in the UK top for their age group. Three badminton players were selected for the under 17 European Junior Championship.
The inaugural Skyride mass participation cycling event also took place in 2009, with over 7,500 cyclists taking to the streets of Glasgow . Last year over 12,500 cyclists took part.