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  • 6 Aug 2014

    The Games effect

    Posted by Joanne Casey

    The atmosphere in Glasgow during the 2014 Commonwealth Games has certainly been unforgettable – lively, friendly and full of once-in-a-lifetime moments! Visitors from all over the world have helped to create a real celebratory mood, while Glasgow’s people have shown unprecedented enthusiasm and community spirit, showing the city at its best.

    We are proud and grateful to be a part of Glasgow and also a part of City Legacy and the Athletes Village which has played its vital part in this fantastic showcase for Glasgow.

    The momentum of what has been an unforgettable sporting celebration will help to form the legacy of the Games, and its effects can been seen already, not least in the £5million raised for Unicef and the sporting pride which comes from a record haul of medals for Team Scotland, inspiring a new generation of athletes.  The Games has certainly been a huge catalyst for change in Glasgow in terms of bringing people together, job creation, regeneration and positioning Glasgow very firmly on the worlds’ sporting, business and commercial stage.

    As a contribution towards the future of a new generation elsewhere in the Commonwealth, City Legacy presented a donation of £10,000 to Kenyan former Olympic and Commonwealth athlete Kip Keino for his Kip Keino Foundation which provides support, education and a future to orphans and children in the heart of Africa. The cheque was presented by City Legacy founding member (and Mactaggart & Mickel’s managing director) Ed Monaghan and Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty in a ceremony at the City Chambers.

    The Cultural Festival running alongside the Games has also brought together international performers in street dancing, theatre and other visual arts as well and music and comedy, further boosting Glasgow's tourism industry which has also gained enormously from the Commonwealth Games, according to VisitScotland.

    Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: "Glasgow has delivered one of the best-ever Commonwealth Games. Over the past 10 days, there has been an incredible buzz in Glasgow - the city is packed, the venues are exceptional and the hotels, restaurants, bars and cafes are enjoying one of their busiest-ever summers. But it's the people that will help ensure Glasgow benefits long after the Games end.

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