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Glasgow: demand outstrips supply for More Than Gold hosts

More Than Gold 2014 reports that their Commonwealth Games hospitality programme for relatives of athletes and volunteers has proved so popular there's a waiting list ...

The programme to provide private accommodation to relatives of athletes and volunteers (known locally as the Clydesiders) participating in the Commonwealth Games has been so popular that demand has outstripped supply, with a waiting list having to be put into place.

Coordinator David Willson, of the Christian organisation More Than Gold 2014, which is running the programme, providing 2,000 bed nights during the games, says that the response has been phenomenal – a waiting list had to be created and was closed when it reached 120.

“We have done the athlete family homestay programme for about 20 years starting in Atlanta for the games there and this is the first time that we have run out of homes,” he said.

In addition to providing accommodation for athlete families, at the request of the Scottish government, More Than Gold 2014 has also provided homes for 150 of the 15,000 volunteers from around the world.

Alex Carduff hosted a volunteer and Liz Sayers, mother of English athlete Goldie Sayers, who said had it not been for this programme she would have had to sleep in her car.

Alex said it was a most rewarding experience and recommended it his fellow Scots.

“I would do it again, I would highly recommend it to anyone else who haven't hosted before. If anyone is reluctant then they should know that at the end of the day the More Than Gold team is there as a backup. Should there be any complications they will sort it out,” he said.

Hosting families provided accommodation, meals and some transportation.

Willson said that the generosity of the 100 Scottish families who opened their homes was “absolutely overwhelming” and thanked them all for their kindness.

He's also announced that the PGA (Professional Golfer’s Association), the organiser of the Ryder Cup, has asked More Than Gold 2014 if they can do a similar thing by providing homestays for volunteers working at the 2014 Ryder Cup being held at Gleneagles from 26-28 September.

More Than Gold 2014 is appealing to families in Perth and Stirling to open their homes for this event. Interested families may contact Willson at david.willson@morethangold2014.org.uk

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