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For immediate release: Tuesday 16 August 2016
SPORTS MINISTER VISITS SITE OF NEW GARIOCH SPORTS AND COMMUNITY CENTRE
AILEEN CAMPBELL MSP WAS JOINED BY ALEX SALMOND MP AND GILLIAN MARTIN MSP TO INSPECT PLANS FOR THE PROPOSED CENTRE IN INVERURIE
Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell MSP, visited the site of the proposed Garioch Sports and Community Centre in Inverurie today (Tuesday 16 August). The Minister was accompanied by the MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond and MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin along with representatives of the project.
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. Due to the Centre’s overwhelming popularity, a local trust, the Inverurie Sports Development Project (ISDP), have put forward plans to build a new centre on top of the existing one.
The project includes plans to build tennis courts, a multi-sports indoor arena, fitness suites and an all-weather pitch that will become the new home of the Inverurie Loco Works Football Club. The new state-of-the-art facility will also include 3G pitches, grass pitches, a restaurant and a media centre to support press coverage at sporting events.
Commenting on the Ministerial visit, Mr Salmond said:
“This is a fantastic project and one that will benefit the local community and Aberdeenshire greatly.
“It is great to see that the Scottish Government is committed to increasing participation in sport throughout the country and Aileen’s visit today is evident of that commitment.
“I look forward to the Scottish Government, the ISDP, the local sports clubs and Inverurie Locos all working closely together to make this new centre the very best it can be.
“The stars are aligning to provide Aberdeenshire one of the best sporting facilities in the country. We must all work together to make this a reality.”
Gillian Martin MSP continued:
“Over the last few weeks, 12 Scottish athletes have won medals at the Rio Olympics, so it is a perfect week to explore plans to increase health and sport within our community.
“I will be working closely with both my colleagues in Holyrood and the Trust to make sure they can see this project come to life and so that the people of Inverurie and beyond can begin to enjoy the fantastic new facilities.”
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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.
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.