By Gary Anderson

Medical equipment from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be used by a charity in Africa ©AFP/Getty ImagesUp to £10,000 ($16,000/€12,500) worth of medical equipment left over from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is to be used by a charity in Africa that provides free maternity care and surgery to help women injured in childbirth.

The equipment, including stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors and thermometers, has been donated to Scottish-based charity Freedom From Fistula Foundation  which operates in several Commonwealth countries, including Kenya, Malawi and Sierra Leone.

The medical hardware came from the Glasgow 2014 Polyclinic, which operated at the Athletes' Village during the Games.

It is among a raft of equipment from Glasgow 2014 that is being donated to charities and organisations through Scotland and beyond.

All beds and furniture from Athletes' Village, which was home to the more than 4,000 competitors who took part in the 11-days of sporting action, have been distributed to current and new Glasgow Housing Association residents and other social housing residents throughout the city.

Games consoles, pool tables and board games used by athletes at the Village will also be used by youngsters from the east end of Glasgow through donations made to organisations, including Active East, the Scottish Refugee Council youth club and the Dalmarnock Hub.

Athletes relax in the games room at the Glasgow 2014 Athletes' Village ©Getty ImagesAthletes relax in the games room at the Glasgow 2014 Athletes' Village ©Getty Images

Sports equipment used in training and competition, worth £550,000 ($886,000/€696,000)  will be distributed to every local authority in Scotland through the Active Schools programme as well as a partnership with sportscotland.

An additional £100,000 ($161,000/€127,000) of sports equipment including judo mats, swimming lane ropes and a boxing training ring gifted to Glasgow Life through the AG Barr Trust, will be made available.

Even spare uniforms used by the Games' volunteers, known as Clyde-siders, have not gone to waste, with surplus items of the red and grey outfits distributed through a number of charities including Waste to Wonder which has taken the Clyde-sider kit to Sierra Leone and Mary's Meals, which has distributed items in Malawi.

"People have always been at the heart of the story of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, so it's absolutely appropriate that our assets should still be having a positive impact on communities and individuals, not just in Glasgow or Scotland but in other parts of the Commonwealth," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg, who has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

"I hope Glasgow 2014 continues to enhance lives and inspire for many years to come."

These come on top of the £1million ($1.6 million/€1.3 million) worth of infrastructural and technology investments carried out on a number of venues used for the Games including roof works at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, lighting at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and electrical upgrades at Kelvin Hall.

Sports equipment used by the athletes at Glasgow 2014 will be distributed throughout Scotland ©Getty ImagesSports equipment used by the athletes at Glasgow 2014 will be distributed throughout Scotland ©Getty Images

"It's fantastic to see such a wide and diverse range of people and communities in Glasgow, Scotland and internationally continuing to experience the benefits of Glasgow 2014 in a real and practical way," said Michael Cavanagh, chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, .

"Amongst the many beneficiaries, it is particularly pleasing to think that so many children and young people across Scotland can enjoy emulating their Team Scotland heroes, using the same sports equipment that was used by the elite athletes of the Commonwealth."

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