Record investment for rugby ahead of Glasgow 2014

sportscotland has today (Monday) published its four-year investment figures for the 17 Commonwealth Games sports for the Glasgow 2014 cycle.

sportscotland investment into rugby ahead of 2014The figures reveal that during 2011/15 sportscotland’s investment into the 17 sports increased by 23.46 per cent to over £38 million compared to 2007/11, when it was under £31 million.

The investment into rugby, as a whole not solely the sevens game, has increased by 18% from the previous cycle and is now up to £3,996,832. 

sportscotland, the national agency for sport, is financed by the Scottish Government and National Lottery. During the last financial year, 2012/13, its budget was £80,344,000. The Scottish Government accounted for £49,336,000 (61.4%) of its investment, with the remaining £31,008,000 (38.6%) coming from the National Lottery.

As well as helping with the preparation in the run-up to the Games, the additional investment into the sports assists the governing bodies with their capacity building and planning for the post-Games period.

Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “Our four-year investment into the 17 Glasgow Games sports has risen to over £38 million thanks to Scottish Government and National Lottery funding, which is a significant increase compared to the previous four-year cycle leading up to the Delhi Games.

sportscotland is putting record levels of investment into the 17 Commonwealth Games sports, and this allows the governing bodies to work with key local partners to increase capacity and cope with the expected growth from Glasgow 2014.

“By increasing investment levels into the sports by more than 23 per cent, we’re playing a significant role in ensuring that the athletes who will be selected for Team Scotland will be the best ever prepared at a Games.

“It also allows the sports to enhance their governance, which underpins their performance and development strategies.”

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “Record levels of investment are being put into Commonwealth Games sports in Scotland - an extra seven million pounds for next year.

“We’re committed to delivering a meaningful, lasting legacy from the Games in 2014.  This additional investment will ensure our sports clubs, volunteers, and coaches are well prepared to cope with the anticipated interest in sport in 2014 and beyond.

“Last year was fantastic for Scottish sport but this must not be the high-tide mark.  The Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport are going from strength to strength and I now expect to see the most prepared, most organised and most successful Team Scotland ready for the 2014.”