MEDIA CALLING NOTICE: MINISTERIAL VISIT TO GARIOCH SPORTS CENTRE

AILEEN CAMPBELL MSP WILL JOIN ALEX SALMOND MP AND GILLIAN MARTIN MSP TO INSPECT PLANS FOR NEW SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE

Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP will conduct a ministerial visit to Inverurie to inspect the site of the new Garioch Sports and Community Centre tomorrow (Tuesday 16 August 2016).

The Minister will be accompanied by MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond and MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin, as well as Directors of the Inverurie Sports Development Project (ISDP).

The Inverurie Sports Development Project (ISDP) arose out of a long-standing history of providing independent sporting facilities for the public good of the Garioch community. Due to the success of the present facility and the continued growth of the community the ISDP are now working on an expansion programme where a partnership with Inverurie Loco Works F.C. will become a key component in the new facility provision.

Where: Garioch Sports Centre, Burghmuir Drive, Inverurie, AB51 4GY

When: 3pm Tuesday 16 August 2016

Who: Aileen Campbell MSP, Gillian Martin MSP and Alex Salmond MP

There will be an opportunity for interviews and photographs.

For media enquiries, please contact Tom Collins: tom.collins@parliament.uk

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Notes:

The Garioch Sports Centre is a highly valued and well used community facility for the sporting, recreational, health and wellbeing needs of the town of Inverurie and its close rural settlements. The present facility has an impressive delivery of “cradle to grave” programmes for all abilities with multi sports, fitness and dance classes and a wide range of club provision which is further complimented by individual usage in the gymnasium. With this wide and varied offerings the Trust has a proven track record in partnership working with the Local Authority, NHS, Grampian Disability Sport, Social Work and the local primaries to name but a few.

At the outset, the vision was always to develop a community sports and recreation centre which was built to accommodate the town’s population of that time. As many of the activities and programmes now carry waiting lists, there is proof that despite a downturn in many industries the timing is now right to expand in tandem with the growth in participation and the increase in the town and rural residency. An expansion of the present facility and delivery of its sporting, health and wellbeing activities has many positive additions as the market town itself strives to increase its provision to its residents.

The new facility can impact on a number of key priority outcomes which are currently being rolled out by our local authority and the Scottish Executive with a definite potential for increased economic benefits which will impact favourably on local businesses. We have met with a number of present and potential new user groups and as a result of these discussions, there is a desire to investigate the opportunity to become a sporting centre of excellence which will provide sports people of all abilities to access top quality facilities which will in turn allow them to reach the pinnacle of their respective sports. At present Aberdeenshire produces athletes and top achievers in fourteen sporting disciplines with medal winners at Olympic, Worlds, Commonwealth, European and national competitions, many of these individuals and teams have to travel long distances to access quality training and competition venues.  Inverurie is central to Aberdeenshire and the Railway and road network is also ideally placed with the Airport being less than a thirty minute drive.