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Games legacy continues with £6 million investment in para-sports

Sport and physical activity
Scotland’s first dedicated para-sports facility will be built at the sportscotland National Sports Centre Inverclyde in Largs, Commonwealth Games Secretary Shona Robison has announced.

The £9 million development in North Ayrshire, the first of its kind anywhere in the UK, will ensure disabled athletes can train at world-class, fully integrated, multi-sports facilities and extensively refurbish the centre. The funding is part of the Government’s work to ensure a lasting legacy from Glasgow 2014, which featured the highest number of para-sport medal events in the history of the Games.

The significant investment will also benefit children and young people of all ages from across Scotland who want to participate in a range of para-sports.

The Scottish Government will invest £6 million, through sportscotland, towards a £9 million refurbishment that will provide 60 fully adapted residential rooms at the National Centre, with a further £3 million coming from the national agency for sport. The redevelopment is set to be completed in 2016.

Speaking ahead of a Parliamentary debate on the legacy of Glasgow 2014, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison said:

"Team Scotland para-athletes won an amazing seven medals, including three golds, at Glasgow 2014, inspiring more disabled people to take up and enjoy sport. This Government is focused on maximising the sporting legacy of the Games and this new funding for fully adapted accommodation will give a new generation of para-athletes the chance to train at world class facilities and emulate their Games heroes.

"Inverclyde is already one of the best-equipped, modern residential sports centres in the UK, and is integral to the Scottish sport system that is producing Commonwealth and world champions. The redevelopment will help even more para-athletes train in outstanding facilities, with the best technical support, to become world beaters. That is another positive and lasting legacy from the Games for Scottish sport."

sportscotland’s Chief Executive Stewart Harris said:

"This is excellent news both for para-sports in Scotland and for the sportscotland National Centre Inverclyde. Scotland has world-class sporting facilities and this significant commitment, coupled with the National Performance Centre for Sport being built in Edinburgh, further improves Scotland’s sporting infrastructure.

"The integration of para-sports into the Glasgow Games was hugely successful, and this announcement builds on that by offering local, regional, and national clubs and schoolscapacity to ensure special needs groups and children with disabilities, as well as performance para-athletes, benefit from using world-class facilities.

"This welcome announcement secures the centre as an inclusive venue encompassing a wide range of sports and physical activities, and will support para-sports and a number of small and medium Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport, as well as events in the area, particularly sailing."

Gavin McLeod, chief executive of Scottish Disability Sport added: "Scottish Disability Sport is delighted with the significant investment to support sportscotland National Centre Inverclyde to become a fully inclusive and accessible national facility. SDS is committed to supporting children, young people and adults with a disability to participate and compete in their chosen sport and meet their full potential. This investment will undoubtedly support SDS to achieve this aim."