By Paul Osborne at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Delegates from the Commonwealth Games Federation and Glasgow 2014 are in the Gold Coast for the Glasgow 2014 Debrief Accor HotelsThe Glasgow 2014 Debrief will start here tomorrow after delegates from Scotland and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) travelled to Australia to the city due to host the next edition of the event in 2018. 

The event is considered an essential element in the Commonwealth Games transfer of knowledge process.

It will give Gold Coast 2018, organisers of the next edition of the Commonwealth Games, the opportunity to learn the good, and the bad, from Glasgow 2014 as they share knowledge and expertise direct from their own experiences.

Labelled the "best Games ever" by Prince Imran, President of the CGF, and "the standout Games in the history of the Movement" by former CGF chief executive Mike Hooper, Glasgow 2014 reset the standard for the Commonwealth Games.

Praised for its warm atmosphere, friendly volunteers, stunning venues and incredible fans, Glasgow 2014 brought the Commonwealth Games back from the brink in the eyes of many following the concerns and controversies of the Delhi 2010 Games.

According to a new post-Games report published by Glasgow 2014, the 11-day event saw more than 96 per cent of its overall tickets sold, amassing to some 1.3 million ticket sales.

During Games time, more than 3.4 million people passed through Glasgow Central Station, with about 600,000 unique visitors attending what is Scotland's largest ever sporting and cultural festival.

The 12,500 clyde-siders have been widely praised for their role at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ©Getty ImagesThe 12,500 clyde-siders have been widely praised for their role at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

A record-breaking 50,811 applications were received for the role of Games volunteers, with approximately 12,500 succeeding in this opportunity to become clyde-siders, the heart and sole of the Games.

The report also refers to the huge sum of £5 million ($8 million/€6 million) raised for UNICEF by the end of the Closing Ceremony following a call to text in and donate by Scottish icons Sir Chris Hoy and James McAvoy during the  Opening Ceremony.

The Games also proved a huge success on the field of play, with athletes breaking nine world records and 142 Commonwealth Games records during the event, while integrating the biggest ever Para-sport programme for a Commonwealth Games.

Sharing the planning, running and overall knowledge of this great success story will be key for Gold Coast 2018 as it steps firmly into the spotlight ahead of the Games.

Glasgow 2014 set a new benchmark for the Commonwealth Games after receiving huge praise from all corners of the Commonwealth ©Getty ImagesGlasgow 2014 set a new benchmark for the Commonwealth Games after receiving huge praise from all corners of the Commonwealth ©Getty Images

The three-day workshop, which is due to end on Wednesday (October 8), will include details of planning, responsibilities, lessons learned and recommendations.

A comprehensive 16-strong Glasgow 2014 team is here, led by chief executive David Grevemberg, who is due to take over as CGF chief executive next month.

Grevemberg will be joined by the likes of Prince Imran, Hooper, the five-strong Gold Coast 2018 Coordination Commission, led by Canada's Bruce Robertson, Gold Coast 2018 chairman Nigel Chamier, Gold Coast 2018 chief executive Mark Peters and many others to wrap up the key points of Glasgow 2014 and help the Australian city to recreate and build on this year's success.

The Debrief will be followed by a Candidate City Briefing on Thursday (October 9) to Friday (October 10), and a Gold Coast 2018 Coordination Commission, running from October 13 to 15.

To read the official Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games post-Games report click here.  

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