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Three cities vie to host National Sports Centre

May 28 2013

Three cities vie to host National Sports Centre
The race to secure a prestigious £25m National Performance Centre for Sport is heating up with Heriot Watt University and City of Edinburgh Council formally launching its ‘Go Edinburgh’ website to promote the advantages of the capital.

Dundee and Stirling have also been shortlisted to host the project, which will entail creation of outdoor and indoor sports halls and pitches for thirteen sports alongside the optional inclusion of a hotel, conference suites and athlete accommodation.

It is hoped that provision of such facilities, programmes and services will aid athletes when competing internationally.

Edinburgh is seeking to sweeten its bid with a promise of £5m of additional funding to create additional services such as a hotel, beach volleyball court and grass rugby pitches. Not to be outdone Dundee has earmarked land at Camperdown Country Park and Stirling is championing its existing Sportscotland base to the north of the city.

Footballer Michael Stewart said, "The National Performance Centre for Sport is vital to the development of sporting success in this Country.  Having world class facilities and support services has to be at the heart of developing the next generation of footballers who have the skills and physical attributes to compete at the top of the game.  The chance for football to work alongside other sports can only be beneficial and will create the perfect environment for sports to learn from each other's success.”

Architectural imagery and details of the design teams is being withheld until the submission of final bids on 5 July with the new centre set to open its doors in 2016.


#1 Posted by wonky on 28 May 2013 at 18:12 PM
common sense suggests Glasgow should be the city best placed to host the centre- 40% of Scotland's population live there, with the best transport links, Commonwealth Games 'factor', and the city's history of sport.

Or Stirling: half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh- close to Perth and Dundee- from the perspective of a hub link it should be a major contender for the centre.
Neil C
#2 Posted by Neil C on 29 May 2013 at 11:06 AM
I would concur that Stirling could be an ideal base, given its centrality and strong transport links with the major population centres. They also have an admirable sporting focus at their university.

Much as I'd love Glasgow to bid on this, we do already have a lot of excellent sports facilities (Parkhead velodrome, Toryglen football centre, Scotstoun athletics, etc etc.)
Get Serious
#3 Posted by Get Serious on 29 May 2013 at 20:58 PM
Its got to go to Dundee, if we are talking the entire country not just the central belt it is the most centrally located. Why does always have to be about Edinburgh and Glasgow which already have excellent sporting facilities.

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