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Games boost Scottish economy by £52m and create 1000 jobs in run-up

SCOTLAND's economy has won a £52 million boost and 1000 jobs during the build-up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, according to a new report.

Building and revamping the venues, including the main centre, the Emirates Arena, and the Athletes' Village has resulted in the boom over the past six years since the city was awarded the event.

Details are revealed in a government report which outlines the event's legacy.

About 5000 people have been involved in training and job opportunities across Scotland on national legacy programmes, including the long-term unemployed and young people.

It is estimated that 200 jobs have been created and a £10m economic boost on average in each of the years. Regeneration firm Clyde Gateway initially invested £100m to help create a regenerated, well-designed and sustainable community in Glasgow's East End.

Almost half (41%) of residents in the city's east end, where much of the investment is centred, plan to use new or improved sports facilities locally.

Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison said: "We want to host the greatest ever games and it is vital to everyone involved in Glasgow 2014 that the benefits are felt long after the world-class sport has finished.

"Legacy is central to all we do around the Games. That is why I am delighted that today's report charts the excellent on-going progress of the significant Games legacy which is embedded."

Ms Robison is this week travelling to Canada, where the Queen's Baton Relay will pass through Ottawa, Toronto and Hamilton.

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