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D&G projects get Active Places funding

The Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison has announced the latest round of projects to benefit from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund.

Further funding of £2.4 million will benefit 45 more projects across the country.

The Minister today visited Dumfries and Galloway which will receive support for four more projects in the area.

These include a new water sports facility to introduce young people and adults to canoeing and kayaking.

It also includes a new purpose built skate park designed for use by scooters, skateboards and BMXs, a new shared path between Dalbeattie and 7Stanes mountain bike centre as well as funding for Maxwelltown High School to purchase gym equipment.

Commonwealth games 'could be best ever'

This summer's Commonwealth Games could be the "best ever", according to a final progress report on the build-up to the event.

A dance troupe at one of the promotional events for the games Credit: ITV News

The assembly of a 15,000-strong volunteer force, the progress of the Queen's Baton Relay and a long list of sponsors were praised by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in its last review of planning for the Games.

Organisers, police and Government ministers met with the CGF in Glasgow this week to outline final preparations.

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Queen's Baton relay route announced

The route for the Queen's Baton relay has been announced ahead of this Summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The relay was launched by the Queen and Sir Chris Hoy at Buckingham Palace in October.

It's been travelling the world since, and is due in Scotland in mid-June. On 18 March it will be in the Scottish Borders.

Starting in Duns, it will go to Greenlaw, Earlston, Melrose, the home of rugby Sevens, Tweedbank, Selkirk, Kelso, Jedburgh and Hawick.

The next day it's in Dumfries and Galloway.

It starts in Langholm it then moves to Gretna, Eastriggs, Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, which is the Southern most point on the route, Newton Stewart and Stranraer.

It's final destination is Glasgow for the start of the Games on 23 July.

Commonwealth Games: 'biggest event Scotland has ever hosted'

The baton will visit over 400 communities and cover 8000 kilometres around Scotland. The aim is to offering people achance to be a part of the excitement, celebrations and countdown to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which begin in July.

On March 31st, thousands of people who applied to be batonbearers will find out if they've been successful.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for people across Scotland to celebrate what’s extraordinary and unique about their communities, and honour those locals who make a difference to others. The baton is visiting hundreds of villages, towns and cities, with thousands taking part in the relay, and many more attending the vast programme of sports and cultural events along the route. With less than three months to go until the baton comes home to Scotland, the momentum is building up for the biggest festival of sport and culture this nation has ever hosted

– David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014

Queen's Baton Relay route revealed

The list of villages, towns and cities in Scotland that will welcome the Queen's Baton Relay has been revealed. The Baton has spent months travelling to 68 Commonwealth nations and territories since its official launch by the Queen at Buckingham Palace last October.

It will arrive in England and in May and travel up the east coast, entering Scotland in June. On Saturday June 14th the route will begin in Edinburgh. On the 18th June it will arrive in the Scottish Borders.

It will travel through Duns, Greenlaw, Earlston, Melrose, Tweedbank, Selkirk, Kelso, Jedburgh and Hawick. The next day it will be in Dumfries and Galloway. Starting in Langholm, it will also visit Gretna, Eastriggs, Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Newton Stewart and Stranraer.

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Commonwealth Games 'clyde-siders' begin training

Thousands of staff and volunteers are beginning training for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

15,000 'clyde-siders' including many from Cumbria and Southern Scotland are volunteering at the Games.

The first step of their training begins over this weekend at one of Scotland's biggest mass orientation events and they will also get a first glimpse of their uniforms at the Emirates Arena.

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