Comment: Ensure Games legacy will last past summer

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Talk is already turning to the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

As some of the world’s finest athletes prepare to descend on the track in Glasgow and make a splash in Edinburgh, there will be much made of how Scotland can grasp a golden opportunity.

The statistics don’t make pretty reading, as recent studies show children here are among the least active – and most inclined to spend their time playing video games – in the world.

As with London 2012, the Games will undoubtedly inspire and capture the imagination.

The trick will be how to ensure this lasts past the summer holidays, as the nights draw in and the temptation to switch on the TV and pick up the games controller becomes too strong.

Number one on the priority list has to be addressing access to top-quality facilities, especially in less affluent areas of the Capital.

The saga of the crumbling Meadowbank Stadium and long-running plans for its redevelopment is continuing and shows no sign of being resolved in the near future.

Indeed, you would not bet against more than one Commonwealth Games coming and going before a real decision is made on this particular legacy of the past.

But that’s not to say there is not more which can be done elsewhere in the city, especially improving public access to many under-used facilities in schools.

Today’s news of a new consultation is welcome – though its eye-watering price tag certainly is not.

Some will no doubt question why it costs £92,000 for the council to find out what it should already know – where are the facilities which need to be improved and how can more people get to use them?

If it does indeed lead to an uptake in sport across the city then the council will be able to argue it was money well spent. If not, then it will be a golden opportunity missed.