Glasgow was host city to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the twentieth games, and the first in the United Kingdom since Manchester in 2002. The Commonwealth Games have taken place every year since 1930, except during the Second World War. Scotland is one of only six Commonwealth Nations to participate in all twenty games (along with Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England and Wales).
The Glasgow 2014 Games were the largest multi-sporting event ever to be held in Scotland, with nearly 5000 athletes from 71 countries, taking part in 18 different sports.
Such as large scale event brought wide spread investment in the city, and the city was proud to be host to the event. The ethos of the Games was to promote involvement, and the organising committee believed that success wouldn’t just be measured by the number of medals won, but by the number of people getting involved and making use of the new facilities the Games have brought to the city, and for local businesses to take advantage of the increased investment in the city.
Legacy 2014 has been set up to help promote the involvement of all of Scotland in the benefits of the Games. It runs programmes and funding to help make a difference throughout Glasgow and the rest of the country. Over a quarter of a million school children are involved in Game On Scotland, the official education programme for the Games. Many opportunities have been created through Street Soccer Scotland, which uses football to help socially disadvantaged young people gain vital life skills. The Active Places Fund has already supported over one hundred projects to help build new, and improve existing, community sporting facilities. Equipment purchased for the Games has been distributed to facilities across Glasgow and the rest of the country. On an economic level, Scottish companies were awarded over two thirds of the contracts associated with the Games.