6000 jobs, £312m boost ... that's Games legacy

building and revamping venues for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the Athletes' Village have created 6000 jobs and boosted Scotland's economy by £312million, a report revealed today.

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The Games legacy, unveiled in a Scottish Government report, includes information on new training opportunities, Scottish firms benefitting from contracts and other major events being secured.

Work in Glasgow's East End has equalled an estimated 1000-supported jobs and £52m for Scotland's economy on average in each of the last six years.

The news comes as Scottish Sport Minister Shona Robison visits Canada to promote the Games and Scottish culture, tourism and heritage as the Queen's Baton Relay travels through Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton.

Ms Robison said: "We want to host the greatest ever Games and it is vital to everyone involved in Glasgow 2014 that the benefits are felt long after the world class sport has finished.

"Legacy is central to all we do around the Games. That is why I am delighted that today's report charts the excellent continuing progress of the significant Games legacy that is already embedded in Scotland."

The report also shows urban regeneration firm Clyde Gateway has created about 200 jobs and a £10m economic boost on average in each of the six years leading to the Games.

In the East End, where much of the Games' investment and longer-term regeneration is happening, 41% of residents said they intended to use new or improved sports facilities in their area.

There have also been 5000 Games-related training and job opportunities across Scotland on national legacy programmes, including for the long-term unemployed and young people.

Councillor Archie Graham, Glasgow City Council's spokesman for the Games, said: "I am delighted Glasgow is already enjoying a fantastic economic, social, environmental and sporting legacy from the Games, with more to follow. The 2014 Games provide a unique opportunity for the city."

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