Glasgow 2014: Other Scottish regions cash in on Games bounce

Glasgow 2014 banners in city The Games is having a knock-on impact beyond the host city of Glasgow

The impact of the Commonwealth Games is being felt across Scotland, according to local councils and business groups.

Glasgow is hosting the global event which gets under way on Wednesday.

But cities like Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen have also been cashing in on the chance to boost local economies and showcase areas as tourist destinations.

However, one academic has warned that the legacy of the Games may be short-lived as the so-called bounce effect quickly wears off.

The benefits of the Games for the host city Glasgow, in terms of infrastructure, investment, jobs, and an increase in visitors to the city has been well documented.

However, across Scotland other areas say they have also been feeling the impact.

'Huge opportunity'

The most obvious places for this are the regions which are home to the three "satellite" venues for the Games.

The shooting events are taking place at the Barry Buddon military base in Carnoustie, the diving at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and the triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell.

Tayside is hosting the biggest Commonwealth Village outside Glasgow, with 500 athletes and team officials gathering in the area.

Barry Buddon shooting range Shooting events are being held at the Barry Buddon military range in Carnoustie
Strathclyde park The flags and bunting are out to welcome triathletes and spectators to Strathclyde Park

"It'll provide a boost to the local economy and is a huge opportunity to showcase the base of Dundee and Angus to visitors from around the Commonwealth," said Shona Robison, Commonwealth Games Minister and local MSP in Dundee.

In North Lanarkshire, the council says some of the benefits of hosting the triathlon, and part of the cycling time trial, include new jobs in firms awarded Games contracts and the improvement of green spaces and woodland areas.

Visit Scotland, Edinburgh City Council and the Edinburgh Hotels Association are all banking on the draw of Olympic diver Tom Daley bringing thousands of spectators and extra visitors to the city.

A Glasgow 2014 survey also suggested that one in 10 spectators was intending to combine visiting the Games with a longer trip in Scotland - and 40% of those named Edinburgh as the top place they would like to visit.

"Edinburgh is in a prime location to benefit from an increase in visitors," said Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland.

swimmers at Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh will host the diving events
Fans waiting for Queen's Baton in Edinburgh It is hoped the kind of crowds seen for the Queen's Baton Relay in the capital will continue during the Games

"Not only will it host the diving element of the competition at the Royal Commonwealth Pool, the capital is also less than an hour by train from Glasgow, making it a popular accommodation choice for people who want to enjoy the sporting action but also experience other parts of Scotland."

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It is essential that we now capitalise on all opportunities to showcase the very best of what our city has to offer ”

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The end of the Games coincides with the start of the Edinburgh Festival so there is also hope that sports spectators will stay on in the city to soak up some culture.

Tristan Nesbitt, from the Edinburgh Hotels Association and general manager of the Sheraton Hotel, said: "It is essential that we now capitalise on all opportunities to showcase the very best of what our city has to offer and secure long-term business for our hotels, as well as the wider local economy, for many years to come."

And while the boost to tourism is a focus for the capital, businesses in the Highlands and Islands have been using the Games as an opportunity to develop and expand export markets.

Laura Robertson from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), said: "The combined gross domestic product of the Commonwealth is expected to grow significantly faster than the Eurozone over the next five years and Australia, Singapore and India are key to this growth."

HIE has organised workshops during Games time for firms keen to increase international sales in Commonwealth countries.

"This event will highlight to businesses the substantial opportunities for doing business with our Commonwealth neighbours while providing practical, expert advice for entering these markets or exporting for the first time," Ms Robertson added.

Similar sessions were held in the Western Isles and timed to coincide with the Baton Relay passing through - an event which was also billed by every local authority as a chance to "showcase" individual regions.

Across Scotland, sports centres have provided training venues for Games athletes.

The Cameroon team held a two-week pre-games camp at Aberdeen Sports Village and Robert Gordon University's sport facility, with a total of 47 athletes, plus team coaches and officials, staying at student accommodation in the city.

Cameroon wrestlers Athletes from Cameroon were in Aberdeen for a pre-Games training camp

David Beattie, from Aberdeen Sports Village, said: "Our leading sports facilities will help the athletes to fine tune their performances so when the Games begin they'll be in the best possible condition."

In the Borders, the council says Glasgow 2014 has provided an opportunity to improve and invest in sport facilities for the future.

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"We need to be careful about claiming the Games are responsible for x and y”

End Quote John Kelly Edinburgh University

Councillor Vicky Davidson, executive member for culture, sport, youth and communities, said: "The Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 fund has already benefited a number of sporting facilities around the Borders and there are still two rounds of funding to be announced."

And what of the expected uptake in participation in sports that is often cited as being associated with events like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games?

"Edinburgh Leisure anticipate an increase in inquiries for our extensive range of coached activities in the months following the Commonwealth Games," said Councillor Richard Lewis, culture and sport convener at Edinburgh City Council.

However, John Kelly, who lecturers in sports management at Edinburgh University and is currently writing a book about sports and politics, says previous studies suggest that when the so-called bounce or "Wimbledon effect" occurs it is not sustained.

"It would be rather hopeless if given the publicity, inflated funding and improved facilities that there were not some increases," he said.

'Queuing up'

"But we must question whether any potential increases are worth the costs and if these increases could not have been achieved with less public money spent in more focused ways?"

He is also sceptical about the boost to tourism.

"Previous Games have shown that it is difficult to judge the extent to which tourists and footfall are due to the Games rather than than normal tourists who would have visited anyway," he said.

"It is sometimes not clearly noted if there has been increased visitors or if the "success" is due to (hotel) prices being hiked before, during and after the Games.

"There have also been previous claims that when a region hosts a major event like this, other regions within the same country lose out on potential tourists who end up visiting the Games city rather than other potential locations they might have visited otherwise."

He warned: "We need to be careful about claiming the Games are responsible for x and y."

However, councils remain optimistic.

"We hope that kids will be queuing up to get involved in sports, as was the case following the excitement of London 2012," Councillor Lewis said.

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    09:26: Rangers share issue plan

    Rangers hope to be given the go-ahead to launch a new share issue at the club's AGM today.

    Rangers chairman David Somers

    Chairman David Somers will read a statement in which he will say fund-raising efforts in 2014 fell short of the amount the club had hoped for.

    "We are requesting permission to enable us to issue shares to improve the long term financial stability of the club," Somers' statement reads.

    Rangers had asked existing shareholders for fresh investment in the past year.

     
  68.  
    09:11: Flooding strands 35 in supermarket

    Firefighters said 35 people have been stranded in a supermarket by floodwater after a river burst its banks.

    queens drive kilmarnock

    Water rescue crews are in attendance at the Asda supermarket in Queen's Drive, Kilmarnock, where members of staff and customers are stranded by floodwater.

    The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said there were no injuries to report.

    Emergency services have been working through the night to tackle several incidents of serious flooding after heavy rain in Ayrshire.

    The Queen's Drive Retail Park was flooded after the River Irvine burst its banks.

     
  69.  
    09:00: Meet RoboCyclist David Miller BBC Scotland transport correspondent

    On a bitterly cold winter's day, I am sitting on a bench in Edinburgh's Inverleith Park having a curious device designed to monitor my stress levels fitted to my head.

    David Miller

    I'm already wearing Google Glass and I'm beginning to feel like Scotland's uncool answer to RoboCop. In a hi-vis jacket.

    But there's a good reason for my ignominy.

    I'm about to take part in research designed to find ways of increasing confidence amongst reluctant cyclists.

     
  70.  
    08:54: Treasure hunter Rachel Massie BBC Scotland reporter

    Metal detectorist Alistair McPherson has a nose for finding treasure.

    Alistair McPherson

    "I seem to have a third sense when it comes to fields", he said.

    "Several of my friends call me The Magnet."

    Together with a team of archaeologists, Mr McPherson discovered a hoard of Roman and Pictish silver in a farmer's field. It has been hailed as the most northern of its kind in Europe.

     
  71.  
    Rangers AGM Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    #Rangers chairman: taken 1st steps to effective engagement w fan base. "I think that we'd all agree we still have work to do in this area"

     
  72.  
    Morning Call

    BBC Radio Scotland tweets: On Morning Call from 0850 with @kayeadams.

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  73.  
    A720 queues

    Traffic Scotland tweets: #edintravel: #A720 W/B Baberton to Dreghorn - traffic very heavy due to possible RTC. More info to follow #planahead

    traffic
     
  74.  
    08:30: On the back pages

    Billy Davies is in the frame for the Rangers job, while one Celtic defender could be on his way out of Parkhead.

    Billy Davies

    Check out all the latest sports gossip.

     
  75.  
    08:21: We will remember them Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Thirty-one Scottish international rugby players died in World War One, more than any other country. Discover their story.

    Scotland rugby team from 1914
     
  76.  
    08:17: Motorway crash death

    Police confirm that a woman died in the crash on the A74 (M) this morning. The road remains closed.

    They are also looking for a man who was given a lift north from the scene of the crash to the motorway services at Johnstonebridge.

    He may have a head injury.

    Police said the man was about 30, of Asian appearance, about 6ft tall with dark hair and long sideburns.

    The man was last seen at the petrol pumps and then the main building at the services between 06:00 and 06:30 hours.

     
  77.  
    08:14: Lockerbie guilt

    Over the weekend, Scotland's top prosecutor Frank Mulholland said he continued to believe Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was guilty of carrying out the Lockerbie bombing 26 years ago. He was responding to pressure from those who think the case against the Libyan was flawed.

    Lockerbie bombing

    Frank Duggan, the president of the Victims of Pan AM Flight 103, told Good Morning Scotland that the US victims of the atrocity were not as concerned by these "conspiracy mavens".

    He said: "One of the reasons that does not trouble us here in the United States is that that view is simply not credible."

    He added: "We know there are people there (in the UK) who are like a dog with a bone. No matter how much evidence is presented to show that this man was guilty they are not going to change their position and that is not going to affect us one way or the other."

     
  78.  
    Rangers AGM Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    #Rangers chairman David Somers to spell out need for cost-cutting at AGM today. His speech has conspicuous lack of thanks to Ally McCoist

     
  79.  
    08:00: Today's papers

    Many of today's newspaper front pages feature the story of Ally McCoist, who has left his job as Rangers manager and has been put on gardening leave for the next year.

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    The Scottish Sun headlines the story "Ally put out to grass".

    The Daily Record leads with the story of a foodbank over Christmas, while the Scottish Daily Mail highlights the last minute dash of shoppers for the festive season.

     
  80.  
    07:54: Doctor training

    BMA chairman Dr Peter Bennie told Good Morning Scotland that new proposals were expected soon on the training of junior doctors.

    He said: "We've yet to see exactly what will come out of that but the current proposals would lead to junior doctors training for a shorter period of time that they do just now and therefore to consultants having less experience and less breadth than they do just now.

    "That has an obvious knock-on effect for patient care."

     
  81.  
    07:44: One dead in M74 crash

    One person has died in a two-vehicle crash on the M74 motorway in Dumfriesshire, police have said.

    The collision involved a car and a van on the northbound carriageway between junction 20 Eaglesfield and junction 19 Ecclefechan.

    The motorway was closed in the area of the accident at about 06:30 and traffic was being diverted on to the B7076.

    Police were appealing for witnesses.

     
  82.  
    07:43: Rangers latest Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    Covering Rangers, you learn to expect the unexpected. I think most people though expected this.

    Ally McCoist

    McCoist handed in his resignation last Friday and was then told by the board that he can work his 12-month notice period but I understand he was called into a meeting at Ibrox last night and the chief executive and former managing director of Newcastle FC Derek Llambias basically told him things couldn't carry on and he was being put on gardening leave.

    It means he will be paid until his contract runs out and his assistant Kenny McDowall is now in charge until the end of the season.

     
  83.  
    07:32: NHS targets

    BMA chairman Dr Peter Bennie told BBC radio's Good Morning Scotland that "targets" for the NHS measured "whatever is in the target rather than necessarily the quality of patient care".

    He said: "For example, the target for maximum four-hour waits in A&E puts the pressure on to move patients out of A&E and into the main part of the hospital. However, that does not cover what happens thereafter.

    "For some of those patients they would have been better treated if they could have stayed a little longer in A&E, got all the necessary results and gone home again."

     
  84.  
    07:20: More apprentices needed

    Scottish construction firms have called for increased funding to help recruit and train more apprentices.

    bricks

    The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) said employers had highlighted critical skills shortages in a number of key trades and managerial positions.

    They were raised in the group's latest quarterly Construction Monitor, which also found industry confidence at its highest since the survey began in 2008.

    SBF said it was now time to review funding for recruitment and training.

     
  85.  
    07:14: McCoist leaves Rangers

    Last night, it emerged Ally McCoist has left his position as Rangers manager and the Scottish Championship club said he is now "on gardening leave".

    Ally McCoist

    The 52-year-old handed in his resignation earlier this month and had started his 12-month notice period.

    McCoist remained in charge of the team for the defeat by Queen of the South and Saturday's win against Livingston.

    A club statement said assistant manager Kenny McDowall (pictured left) will take over as manager until the end of the season.

     
  86.  
    07:08: 'Real change' needed in NHS

    The body that represents doctors has said real change is needed to tackle the challenges facing the NHS in Scotland.

    hospital ward

    Dr Peter Bennie, chairman of the BMA in Scotland, said the health service must learn from past "mistakes and missed opportunities".

    He said there had been huge reliance on the goodwill of staff, but that this was not a sustainable solution.

    The Scottish government said it agreed that the way health and social care is delivered in Scotland must change.

     
  87.  
    07:01: Rise and shine Graham Fraser BBC Scotland

    Good morning, and welcome to today's Scotland Live blog. We will bring you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel throughout the day.

     

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