A TOTAL of 5,000 Commonwealth Games tickets are being given away this morning.

The passes are being handed out to young people, volunteers and community champions as a 'thank you'.

Scottish Government Sports Minister Shona Robinson distributed the hot tickets for the Glasgow Games in Perth this morning.

With 94% of public tickets now sold, the 5,000 tickets will reward those involved in Legacy 2014 projects and who otherwise might not get the opportunity to attend the Games.

Ms Robison, who visited Perth High School with Meggan Dawson-Farrell, Team Scotland para-athlete, said: "This gift of 5,000 Legacy Tickets will recognise the valuable contribution made by people to deliver a meaningful legacy.

"We're making sure we can say a big 'thank you' whilst offering beneficiaries the chance to see the best in sporting action, or experience the thrill of the opening or closing ceremony, and deliver an 'I was there when' moment.

"My hope is that the memories created by seeing the Games will last a lifetime."

Meggan Dawson-Farrell added: "This summer will see some of the best athletes that Scotland has to offer, both able-bodied and disabled, representing their country united - cementing the bridge to equal opportunity.

"I wish this for all young people, I believe the Games can help bring this about."

Tickets will be allocated by Legacy 2014 partners including Sportscotland, Education Scotland and Big Lottery Fund.

They cover a range of events, at all Games venues, over the 11 days as well as the opening and closing ceremonies.

They are being given to young people, volunteers, those who make a contribution to their communities, disadvantaged groups and those with a disability.

Louise Martin CBE, Chair of Sportscotland, said: "Glasgow 2014 is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved in Scottish sport, with 11 days of world-class competition taking place on home soil.

"Sportscotland is committed to helping deliver a lasting sporting legacy from the Games, and the performances of our athletes will play a huge part in helping to motivate and inspire the next generation of sporting stars."