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Other Sports - 20. April 2008.

Aberdeen and Edinburgh set to be first to benefit from 2014 legacy

- ABERDEEN and Edinburgh will be the first recipients of 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy funding, it was announced today.

The National and Regional Sports Facilities Strategy (NRSFS) announced that £5 million will be contribute to Aberdeen City Council for its proposal for a 50 metre swimming pool, subject to a detailed, affordable, business plan coming forward.

Sportscotland will continue to work with Aberdeen City Council and partners to help develop a feasible project.

In addition, City of Edinburgh Council will receive an extra £1 million to add to the £4 million already allocated under NRSFS for the refurbishment of the Royal Commonwealth Pool.

This will be the diving venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Scotland's Sport Minister Stewart Maxwell said: "This investment underlines this Government's commitment to Scottish sport and our aim to make the most of our 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

"Scottish swimmers have excelled in recent years - not least at the recent World Short Course Championships - and they deserve the best training facilities to allow them to reach their full potential.

"We have always said that, subject to a detailed business plan coming forward, we are fully behind an international-standard pool to benefit athletes across the North-east.

"This substantial offer of funding demonstrates that we mean what we say.

"Furthermore, the refurbishment of Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool will create a world class diving facility that will be another fantastic venue for the 2014 Games.

"This is a sign that the rewards of winning the Commonwealth Games will benefit the whole of Scotland."

Aberdeen City Council Leaders Kate Dean and Kevin Stewart said in a statement: "We are absolutely delighted with the news of the Scottish Government's commitment to the 50m pool.

"The City Council has already committed £10 million of capital funding towards this project and £100,000 of developmental funding committed by us and the University of Aberdeen.

"It is absolutely fantastic that we will have a facility like this on our own doorstep to nurture home-grown talent who will follow in the footsteps of world-class athletes like David Carry, Robbie Renwick and Hannah Miley."

Edinburgh Council welcomed the funding, but said more money was still needed.

Leader Jenny Dawe said: "The overall £5 million Government investment will help us to get going with the £37 million project but we must be mindful that we may need to identify further funds in the future as the project develops.

"We are now also in the process of working up proposals for a new facility at Meadowbank and we will be approaching the Scottish Government soon to discuss funding issues."
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