OPINION - Glasgow can be a city of sport

THE bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games shows how versatile Glasgow is when it comes to hosting big events.

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From established arenas such as the SECC, to new facilities like the Emirates, to adapting civic spaces including George Square and Glasgow Green there is a venue in our city for almost any sport.

Like the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the Youth Games will bring lasting benefits to the city in the form of a transformation of Sighthill with new housing and community facilities being built regardless of the outcome of the bid.

It is a logical next step, building on what is being put in place for 2014 to attract another international event which will benefit people in the city.

The investment of £230m is a considerable amount, but it is not just an investment in the Games if they come but in community regeneration and housing development, which the city badly needs.

The Youth Olympics would keep the momentum that is building for the Commonwealth Games to encourage more people, especially the young, into sport and an active lifestyle.

Hopefully in the not too distant future Glasgow will be known internationally as a city of sport and future generations live healthier, active and ultimately happier lives.

THE bid for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games shows how versatile Glasgow is when it comes to hosting big events.

From established arenas such as the SECC, to new facilities like the Emirates, to adapting civic spaces including George Square and Glasgow Green there is a venue in our city for almost any sport.

Like the Commonwealth Games in 2014, the Youth Games will bring lasting benefits to the city in the form of a transformation of Sighthill with new housing and community facilities being built regardless of the outcome of the bid.

It is a logical next step, building on what is being put in place for 2014 to attract another international event which will benefit people in the city.

The investment of £230m is a considerable amount, but it is not just an investment in the Games if they come but in community regeneration and housing development, which the city badly needs.

The Youth Olympics would keep the momentum that is building for the Commonwealth Games to encourage more people, especially the young, into sport and an active lifestyle.

Hopefully in the not too distant future Glasgow will be known internationally as a city of sport and future generations live healthier, active and ultimately happier lives.

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