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Criminal cash to help fund sporting legacy

About £1.5 million seized from criminals is to be spent on sports projects as part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Games.

Scottish Sports Futures, which works with young people at risk in neighbourhoods that suffer from anti-social behaviour, will use the money to fund educational programmes, exercise groups and late-night sports clubs.

Since 2007, the CashBack for Communities scheme has taken £74m recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act and invested in community, sport and cultural programmes.

A sporting legacy for people across the country has been promised from Glasgow 2014 and the Scottish Government said the latest funding will "create life-changing opportunities through sport for young people across Scotland".

Scottish Sports Futures said the money will fund coaches and help them to expand projects such as Active East, Education Through CashBack, Jump2it and Shell Twilight Basketball to more schools and communities.

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: "The curtain may have come down on the best-ever Commonwealth Games but CashBack for Communities will help ensure the legacy of the Commonwealth Games lives on.

"Scottish Sports Futures will bring many benefits to these young people, offering enjoyable and healthy alternatives to crime and anti-social behaviour."

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