ONE of Glasgow's largest social landlords has teamed up with Commonwealth Games bosses to help get everyone in the city involved in sport.
As part of a bid to ensure the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games leaves a lasting legacy of sport for all, North Glasgow Housing Association launched its drive to ensure more people have access to sporting activities and healthier lives.
The Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, today joined youngsters from across North Glasgow to unveil details of a new Commonwealth Games Legacy Project in the area.
North Glasgow Housing Association is one of the largest landlords in the city responsible for the management of around 7000 homes.
The legacy project is the first of its kind in the city and will see the association's tenants given help to access leisure and sports activities in their community.
The project will connect residents in North Glasgow with the vast array of ongoing Games legacy initiatives in the city.
And it will see the association link with existing sports clubs and schools in a bid to increase participation opportunities for the people of north Glasgow with the aim of improving health and wellbeing. It aims to provide coaching opportunities for people of all ages in partnership with Glasgow Life.
The association will also look to increase volunteering opportunities in sport to give people skills that may be transferable to the workplace. To help do that a new a sports co-ordinator has been appointed to drive the project.
Councillor Graham was joined at the launch by representatives from NGHA and the Winning Scotland Foundation who are key partners in the project along with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council.
Councillor Graham said: "Projects like this will make a real difference to communities in the north of the city.
"We want to see the Games benefit people in every part of the city and partnerships with organisations such as North Glasgow Housing Association and the Winning Scotland Foundation will enable us to do just that.
"This project will have a specific aim of getting more local people involved in sporting activities and leading healthier lives - that will be a real legacy of the Games."
The housing group's chief executive Robert Tamburrini, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to develop sporting opportunities as well as individuals and communities within North Glasgow.
"With the backing of fantastic partners we look forward to making a real difference."
GAMES BOOST FOR SCOTS GRADUATES
MORE than 100 Scottish graduates will receive broadcast training from Glasgow's Commonwealth Games.
The contract to broadcast the 2014 Games around the world has been awarded to Global Television, which provides sets for the Australian soap, Neighbours, and London- based independent sports programming supplier Sunset+Vine.
The contract is expected to create up to 1000 jobs.
The joint venture, (SVGTV) will also train 120 Scotland-based s tudents in live broadcast, creative and technology skills.
The footage will be distributed to more than a billion people around the world.
First Minister Alex Salmond said: "It will make an enormous contribution towards the delivery of the Games, and give a huge boost to our creative industries. At least 120 graduates from Scotland will create a talent pool that will be highly sought-after when Scotland hosts other events."
Glasgow 2014 Chairman Lord Smith said: "This is the contract that takes the Games to the world."
SVGTV will be responsible for the delivery of comprehensive, high-definition, multi-camera coverage.
The design, installation and operation of the International Broadcast Centre – outside the SECC –will also be managed by SVGTV.