MSP in further call for tickets to reward sports clubs

MSP in further call for tickets to reward sports clubs

Local MSP Duncan McNeil has made a further plea to the Scottish Government to reward more tickets to sports clubs for the Commonwealth Games. He quizzed the Cabinet Secretary for Sport – Shona Robison – on the issue in Parliament last week.

The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP said:

“Following the response from the Cabinet Secretary I am hopeful that more tickets will be allocated to our local sports clubs. I will continue to press the Scottish Government on the issue to ensure that the fantastic job sports volunteers do in our local community is properly recognised and rewarded.”

Notes to editors

Question to the Cabinet Secretary for the Commonwealth Games (8th May)

Duncan McNeil (Greenock and Inverclyde) (Lab): Last week it was announced that an additional 100,000 tickets for all the events in the opening and closing ceremonies would be available to the public. How will the cabinet secretary ensure that those additional tickets are directed to sports clubs and the people who participate in them, given that they are currently being asked to share only 1,000 tickets? Can we do more?

Shona Robison: I am happy to answer the question. We always want to do more, and we have identified those who give to sport day in, day out as volunteers in local community groups and sports organisations as being one of the key groups to which we want to promote the legacy tickets. Sportscotland is one of the agencies through which the legacy tickets will be distributed. I am happy to write to Duncan McNeil with more details on that, and if we can go further, we will.