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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-01330: James Dornan (Glasgow Cathcart)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what efforts it is making to expand local sports initiatives.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 4 October 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to increasing rates of physical activity and wants to see a Scotland where more people are more active more of the time.

There are now more and better opportunities for everyone to participate in sport and physical activity right across Scotland. There are now 179 community sport hubs up and running and sportscotland, our national agency for sport, is on course to reach the target of 200 hubs by 2020. We are taking action to drive change for women and girls in sport through our first ever Scottish Women and Girls in Sport Week, and creating a Women and Girls in Sport Advisory Board.

A good example of a local initiative being expanded is The Daily Mile. Created in Stirling, the Scottish Government is encouraging people of all ages to walk, jog or run a mile and that Scotland becomes the first Daily Mile Nation.