World Cross Country Legacy to Foster Up and Coming Talent

The City of Edinburgh Council and its partners are proposing to use legacy funding from the World Cross Country Championships held in Edinburgh last year to invest in developing the sport at a schools level.

The Edinburgh Schools Cross Country Championships, which are aimed at schoolchildren in their late primary or early secondary years, will benefit from the £50,000 surplus resulting from the 2008 World Cross Country Championships.

This course of action was jointly decided upon by the Council and its five public sector partners: EventScotland, UK Sport, VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise, UK Athletics and sportscotland.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency, said: "Last year's World Cross Country Championships saw Edinburgh host yet another world class athletics competition and the legacy fund will ensure the event continues to inspire budding young athletes for years to come.  Encouraging youngsters to get involved in athletics is vital to the ongoing identification of Scotland’s sports stars of the future.  EventScotland is working to further strengthen Scotland’s impressive sporting events portfolio and to identify those events which will nurture young talent and leave a lasting legacy for future generations."

The £50,000 would be spent on a variety of equipment, such as a public address system, race timing and marshals' jackets, and on teachers' Continuous Professional Development, school resource packs, training for coaches and officials, and related club development.

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