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S5W-10791: Ivan McKee (Glasgow Provan)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 16 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the social equalities legacy from the Commonwealth Games in 2014, in the form of funding support being allocated to proven, individual, elite athletes from areas of multiple deprivation, is not being applied to weightlifters.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 6 September 2017

The Active Scotland Outcomes Framework sets out our ambitions for a more active Scotland, and is underpinned by a commitment to equality. A range of actions are already in place to support participation in sport and physical activity, including those aimed at specific groups furthest away from meeting physical activity guidelines, including those living in areas of multiple deprivation.

These actions include encouraging young people from deprived areas to engage with sport through the Active Schools Programme, which will in the future have a particular focus within areas of deprivation in support of our ambitions to raise attainment. In addition, sportscotland, the national agency for sport, continues to focuson developing community sports hubs in the 5% most deprived areas by providing additional support to help enhance their local offer, develop existing and new opportunities, grow membership and explore the barriers to school / club links and participation. Statistics published by sportscotland on 24 August demonstrated the significant growth in both the Active Schools and community sport hubs programmes.

Following a Recognition Review process, there has been no recognised Scottish Governing Body (SGB) for weightlifting since 1 April 2016. Recognition is a requirement for SGBs to be considered for investment from sportscotland. Where there is not a recognised SGB, sportscotland can work with a recognised UK governing body to identify and support Scottish athletes with podium potential. However, there are currently no athletes deemed to be of podium potential.