"A manifesto for sport" has been launched to improve Scotland's health, communities and economy.
The Scottish Sports Alliance hopes it will ensure the nation capitalises on the "golden opportunity" provided by the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The alliance's manifesto asks all four political parties to make several commitments, including:
- a minimum of two hours of quality PE per week for all children by the 2014 Commonwealth Games, to be delivered by specialists even in primary and pre-school;
- a strengthened Active Schools programme in all secondaries;
- an investigation into the feasibility of physical activity reports for all P7s;
- assurances that schools will be open for community use in the evenings, at weekends and during holidays;
- flexible working for those who regularly coach and volunteer in sport;
- a demonstration of resolve to bring about all of the above, through legislation that "safeguards the provision of opportunities for sport and physical activity".
The Scottish Sports Alliance is the collective voice of the Scottish Sports Association, Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils and Scottish Universities Sport. It represents 150,000 volunteers in sport and 12,000 clubs.