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South-West Edinburgh Community Sport Hub launched

24/01/2014
Community Engagement / Sport and physical activity
A new Community Sport Hub based at Heriot-Watt University is officially opened.

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, and Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, performed the official unveiling of the plaque to mark the occasion. Also in attendance was Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, and Councillor Cathy Fullerton.

Nine sports clubs are currently part of the Hub – Balerno Bowling Club, Currie Football Club, Currie Rugby Football Club, Currie Star Football Club, Dunedin Netball Club, Edinburgh Spirals Trampolining, Edinburgh Weightlifting Club, Edinburgh Wrestling Club, and Kingsknowe Golf Club.

The Community Sport Hub initiative is a key component of sportscotland’s contribution to the Scottish Government’s 2014 legacy plan, and provides an exciting and innovative approach to the development of sport in local clubs. A total of 117 Hubs are already operational throughout the country.

Based in local places such as club pavilions, sports centres, community centres, the natural environment, and with at least 50 per cent in schools, the hubs bring local people together and provide a home for the local clubs and sports organisations. They also provide information, support, and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities.

South-West Edinburgh Community Sport Hub, which covers Balerno, Currie, Juniper Green, Wester Hailes, Sighthill, and Ratho, is the first hub to be based at a Tertiary Education institution.

As part of the launch event a school sport festival was held, with almost 150 primary five pupils from local schools taking part.

To help organise and run the Hub a Youth Sport Panel has been set up, which is made up of young people from local high schools and further and higher education institutions. The panel has already made a significant contribution to the formation of the Hub and the success of the launch, while also selecting the winning design for the Hub’s logo. A competition was held in local schools and the winner was announced at the launch event.

Find out more about Community Sport Hubs