Keep the spirit of the Games alive

THE increase in people signing up to join an athletics club in the East End is hugely encouraging.

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Obviously inspired by the Commonwealth Games and the exploits of Scotland's athletes the rising number of people of all ages turning up at Shettleston Harriers is proof that bringing top class sport to the city can help get people active.

The interest is there and the club is delighted. But this enthusiasm has to be encouraged and maintained to ensure it continues to bring active lifestyke benefits for the future.

One of the main legacy goals was to create a healthier fitter more active city and, while it can only be measured in years to come, the early evidence points to people wanting to get fitter.

There are many clubs around the city and there are many ways to get fit as promoted by the Evening Times active 2014 campaign.

The new and refurbished venues will also help with public access available to the same international class facilities, covering a range of sports for varying ages.

What must now be ensured is the city's sporting clubs are supported, to deal with the new members and also to work to attract more.

Something remarkable happened in Glasgow during the Games and it can be the catalyst for great and positive change in our city.


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