First Minister opens £12m ‘first of its kind’ sports centre sportscotland Inverclyde - open to everyone

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, joined Paralympians, Commonwealth Games athletes, schools, clubs and community users to celebrate the official opening of the sportscotland National Sports Training Centre Inverclyde in Largs today (Wednesday 30 August).

Published: 30 August 2017
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Following a £12million redevelopment, funded by sportscotland and the Scottish Government, Inverclyde is now a world-class residential sports training centre designed with inclusivity at its heart, making it the first of its kind in the UK.

The development built by Morrison Construction means that Inverclyde now caters for a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports and activities ranging from gymnastics to tennis, and hockey to pilates, and is available to everyone from school children to high performance athletes.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said:

“It’s fantastic that Scotland has the first sports training centre of this kind in the UK and I’m proud that this government has invested in the new centre - another major addition to our world-class sports facilities. 

“We want to do all we can to encourage more people to lead active lives and the new National Sports Training Centre is designed with inclusivity in mind, providing modern facilities for both performance and community users under one roof. It will ensure Scotland is even better placed to support our disabled athletes in their preparations and help to ensure sport and activity is accessible to everyone.”

sportscotland undertook consultation with clubs, schools and governing bodies of sport, including working closely with Scottish Disability Sport, when devising the plans for the centre. Existing residential sports centres across the UK and Europe were studied to identify best practise and create a unique proposition that would cater for the wide range of guests who use the centre, making sport more accessible.

The new development builds on that reputation, offering a wealth of opportunities in residential sports.  It will deliver school and community programmes, host courses and events, and provide a home for high performance camps, with the specific needs of disability athletes catered for in both the sports facilities and accommodation.

Experts from the sportscotland institute of sport were involved in the development of the new gym which caters for community users but also has a dedicated section for performance athletes.  The gym provides Olympic standard weight platforms, free weights, cardio machines and an indoor sprint track, as well as specially adapted equipment for wheelchair users. 

The meticulous planning of the project extends to the food on offer with nutritionists from the sportscotland institute of sport working as advisors to the catering suppliers, Elior, to ensure that the food on offer is nutritionally balanced and meets the needs of athletes training and competing.

The centre was designed by award-winning architecture firm, Reiach and Hall, whose previous projects include Oriam, the national performance centre for sport, and Aberdeen Sports Village, both part-funded by sportscotland. 

Already feedback from industry experts, athletes, coaches and the care sector has been overwhelmingly positive and Inverclyde has re-established its place as a significant centre for sport in Scotland.