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Qualifications for Games volunteers

Volunteers at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 could end up with a qualification.

Derek Casey, director of Glasgow's successful Games bid, has revealed that 15,000 people from across the country are expected to help at the event.

He said he wanted to find out if qualifications recognising skills learned during the Games could be given to them, which he described as "a great personal legacy".

It is believed Games organisers have already held talks with agencies, including the Scottish Qualifications Authority to "explore the possibility of qualifications being available for appropriate volunteers".

Speaking at the national seminar of the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils in Airth, Stirlingshire, Mr Casey said: "It is important to recognise the contribution of the volunteers, whom we have promised the Commonwealth Games Federation will be knowledgeable, capable and well-trained for the Games and for other events beyond 2014."

Alison Ponton, chief executive of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework partnership, welcomed the move. "Recognising the value of an individual's learning, skills and knowledge is what the SCQF is all about," she said.

"Between now and 2014, we and our partners will work towards finding a way to provide tangible, on-going benefits to the Games' volunteers."

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