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The Sported Foundation has been awarded Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy status by Glasgow City Council for its Legacy Mentors Project.
Sported is the UK's leading London 2012 Games sporting legacy charity and the Foundation provides funding and business support to community and grassroots organisations which deliver 'Sport for Development' - projects which use sport as a tool to engage disadvantaged young people.
Sported, which was founded in 2008 by London 2012 deputy chairman Sir Keith Mills, will use their Legacy Mentors Project to help disadvantaged communities in Glasgow develop sustainable businesses.
The project aims to do this by providing the Sported members in Glasgow with specialist business mentors.
The mentors will use their professional experience to pass on their skills, develop business plans and help their members run their organisations in a more effective and sustainable way.
The Sported Foundation's business mentors come from a diverse range of backgrounds and offer their services on a voluntary basis.
They are experienced business people who are passionate about working in their communities and helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people.
"This is a perfect example of a project that delivers a sporting legacy to the community and grassroots organisations, and as such we are delighted to award Legacy status to The Sported Foundation's Legacy Mentors Project,” said Councillor Archie Graham, who is the executive member for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council.
"The project will see mentors helping young people facing a variety of challenges to improve their lives through sport. It is exciting to see another example of an organisation being inspired by the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games to leave the city a better place."
The Foundation works with over 2,500 organisations across the UK, including 114 member groups in Scotland and 17 member groups in Glasgow itself; empowering community groups to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people through sport.
"We are delighted to be awarded Legacy status for 2014,” said Sported's Scotland manager John Heraghty.
"Through this project young people from disadvantaged communities throughout Glasgow can benefit from the legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
"We look forward to developing the project over the next two years with partner organisations and sport for development groups throughout the city."
As part of the legacy of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Sported Foundation is looking to recruit another 25 dedicated volunteer mentors.
If you are passionate about the role of sport in building stronger communities and think your professional experience can be of benefit, The Sported Foundation invites you to visit its website where you can apply online at www.sported.org.uk.