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Teaching aids push active lifestyle to mark third Commonwealth Games anniversary

Last Updated: 8/15/2017

Teaching materials to encourage an active lifestyle are to be unveiled to mark the third anniversary of Glasgow's Commonwealth Games. Called the "Thrive tool kit", it will be promoted at six roadshows across Scotland by a group of ambassadors who encourage physical activity. This toolkit will be publicly available and will contain teaching materials and resources to allow as many people as possible to benefit from the learning gained from Legacy 14 projects. The Toolkit can be accessed from the link below:

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New Strategic Plan Launched

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) has launched a new strategic plan which will direct the work of the Association through to 2021 and beyond. The plan, entitled “Inspiring Through Inclusion 2017-2021“, has been developed following a comprehensive consultation process with key partners and strategic bodies across Scotland. This Association’s vision is to lead inclusive sport in Scotland for participants and athletes with a physical, sensory or learning disability. Read more:

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UK eyes up Commonwealth Games 2022 bid

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

The Government is calling on UK cities interested in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games to work up plans for how they would stage the event. The UK Government will work with interested cities and the relevant Commonwealth Games Associations on a detailed assessment of whether Britain can step in to host the event in 2022 after it was announced last month that Durban in South Africa can no longer hold the games. This will include looking at important factors such as the economic benefits the Games could deliver to the UK - and to the host city or cities - through international trade, investment and tourism opportunities, and how potential host cities could benefit, as well as the necessary infrastructure and major event delivery experience that potential host cities have. Read more:

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Sustrans launches new five year strategy

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

Sustrans has launched a new five-year strategy addressing the challenges of today and setting out a concrete pledge to make it easier for people to walk and cycle. The strategy has three areas of focus: 1. connecting people and places through routes and networks for leisure and everyday utility trips 2. creating liveable neighbourhoods, by working with communities to turn their streets into lively, people friendly neighbourhoods, and ensuring that new developments have walking and cycling at their core 3. transforming the school run and commutes by working with schools and employers to make it easier for people to walk or cycle for regular journeys. Read more:

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Development of a draft global action plan to promote physcial activity

Last Updated: 5/19/2017

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published plans for the development of a Global Action Plan on Physical Activity to be presented to the World Health Assembly in May 2018. An overview of the process for developing the global action plan is below. • May 2017 - A zero draft of the global action plan to include the proposed vision, strategic objectives and set of actions/interventions for all relevant stakeholders. • June 2017 - A technical advisory group will convene to review the zero draft and the output will be a first draft of the plan. • July-September 2017 - An open, web-based consultation on the first draft of the plan and, where feasible, regional consultations with member states. The contributions will be used to develop a second draft. • September 2017 - A consultation with the United Nations agencies in Geneva on the second draft and the contributions will be used to develop a third draft. • October 2017 - Submission of the third draft to the WHO Department of Government Bodies for processing and translation, in time for consideration by the WHO Executive Board in January 2018 • March 2018 - Member state will consider the draft global action plan • March 2018 - Submission of the final draft to the WHO Department of Governing Bodies • May 2018 - Member bodies to consider the final draft. More information can be found on the World Health Organisation website:

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Drive to get older people active in Scotland

Last Updated: 3/31/2017

The Scottish Government and the Care Inspectorate have announced a £1 million drive to help develop and spread work to increase levels of physical activity in older people in Scotland. Older people in care homes across Scotland are set to benefit from a programme to boost physical activity. An improvement programme will run which provides training and development to staff in care services in different areas in Scotland. Local learning events will be held and the programme team will offer support to care services to help increase levels of physical activity in the older people they care for. In Scotland there are 866 care homes for older people, approximately 2,500 care at home/housing support services and many other support services for adults. Developing and spreading work to improve physical activity participation in these care services through the proposed improvement programme supports the Scottish Government’s 2020 vision of maintaining people in their own home or in a homely environment, prevention of ill health and admission to hospital and supporting self-management. Read more below:

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Walking route from Inverness to John O’Groats to be established

Last Updated: 7/19/2016

A new walking route from Inverness to John O’Groats could be established by 2018.

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Council Announces Plans to Charge for Parkrun

Last Updated: 4/15/2016

Stoke Gifford Parish Council has voted to become the first in the world to charge Parkrun a fee for the use of its grounds.

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Edinburgh To Begin 20mph Speed Limit Roll-Out

Last Updated: 1/8/2016

The first stage of a plan to introduce 20mph (32km/h) speed limits across roads in Edinburgh will begin in July 2016.

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Dalmarnock Legacy Hub

Last Updated: 10/27/2015

One of the centrepieces of Commonwealth Games legacy, the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub, has been officially opened creating 50 new jobs.

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Cycle-In Office

Last Updated: 9/8/2015

A new "cycle-friendly" office is opening in London.

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Green Light for Cyclists in Paris

Last Updated: 8/26/2015

Cyclists in Paris no longer have to stop at every red traffic light - new rules mean that in certain circumstances they can ignore the signals and keep going. The aim is to make the city's roads much safer.

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Charity Call for 'Active Transport'

Last Updated: 6/19/2015

Scotland's national walking and cycling charities have called for policy changes to get people more active and improve the country's health.

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£1.9m confirmed for Climate Action Projects

Last Updated: 4/17/2015

On 2 April 2015, Aileen McLeod MSP announced community groups taking action against the damaging impacts of climate change are to benefit from £1.9 million from the Climate Challenge Fund.

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Work begins on Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre

Last Updated: 4/17/2015

The Minister for Sport, Jamie Hepburn MSP, has performed the ground breaking ceremony for Oriam, Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, at Heriot-Watt University’s Edinburgh Campus.

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Inactive children 'become middle-aged couch potatoes'

Last Updated: 3/20/2015

More inactive children evidence building on that of the British Cohort Study

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Scotland's path network extension plan unveiled

Last Updated: 3/19/2015

Scotland's walking and cycling paths are to be extended by 500 miles over the next five years in a bid to get people more active.

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Commemorative Cycle Stands Launched

Last Updated: 3/19/2015

Securing Scotland’s Commonwealth Games Legacy with Cycle Stand launches in Aberdeenshire and Stirlingshire.

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Potential Funding Support for Scottish Students

Last Updated: 3/19/2015

Sporting students at colleges and universities in Scotland can apply before 31 March for financial support.

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Canadian 'freezeway' could let residents skate to work

Last Updated: 3/17/2015

Edmonton, Alberta is no stranger to the cold with an average temperature of -12C (9.5F) in the heart of winter and now the city considering flooding an 11km route for residents to commute through the city on skates.

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