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Winter Sports Written Answer, 05/03/14 [S]

Written Answer given in response to Roderick Campbell's (SNP) question asking the Scottish Government
how sportscotland (a) promotes and (b) encourages participation in winter sports.

The Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, replied that sportscotland work with individual sports governing bodies to provide outcome based investment programmes in order to help promote and develop the sport.

sportscotland has also provided more than £5 million into Scottish ice rinks, including a £2.5 million
award for the ice rink at The Peak, Stirling (the training venue for the curling teams ahead of their very
successful Sochi Games).

In addition to ice facilities, sportscotland has invested significant funds to other winter sporting
facilities, including a £933,000 award for the Midlothian Snowsports Centre and £78,411 for Newmilns
Snow and Ski Complex.

The flagship Active Schools programme, such as those operated in Midlothian and Stirling have
been expanded to maximise the number of children and young people accessing winter sports. These
programmes offer opportunities to participate in snowsports activities after school, during the evenings
and weekends in a variety of ice sports.

Glenmore Lodge is Scotlandís National Outdoor Training Centre and offers world class training in
outdoor adventure sports which encourages more people to enjoy the outdoors more often.
Following on from medal success for both the menís and womenís all-Scottish Team GB Olympians,
sportscotland and Stirling Council have just announced that they will work in partnership to deliver a
multi-million pound investment into Stirling Sports Village. This will significantly enhance curling
facilities for both performance athletes and community use and represents a further boost for the sport
in Scotland.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 5 March 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 5 March 2014