Areas across Scotland are being invited to bid to host Scotland’s first ever National Performance Centre for Sport.
The steering group, chaired by Scottish Football Association Chief Executive Stewart Regan, has agreed the bid criteria and timetable which has now been sent to every council in Scotland, higher and further education establishments and other parties which have expressed an interest.Up to £25 million of Scottish Government support will be available to support the new multi-sports performance centre, due to be completed by 2016.
Ms Robison said: “Building on our record investment in sport, the National Performance Centre for Sport will provide world-class facilities for high performance sport.“The vision for the Centre is to have outstanding facilities and specialist support services in a single place, where athletes and their coaches in Scotland can come together to train, develop and go on to get the best possible results on the international stage.“There has already been considerable interest and we are now asking areas around Scotland to come forward and be part of the bidding process to host the Centre.”
Stewart Regan, Scottish FA Chief Executive and chair of the NPC steering group said: “The National Performance Centre for Sport represents the crown jewel of the Scottish FA’s Performance Strategy.
“It also demonstrates the ability of all sports to work together, through sportscotland, and in partnership with the Scottish Government to benefit collectively from new, world-class facilities in Scotland.
“I am hugely excited that we have already reached the bidding process and look forward to the working party submitting their final recommendations to the Scottish Government for approval once all bids have been received and reviewed during this two-stage bidding process.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said:“It is an incredibly exciting time for sport in Scotland and this substantial investment in the National Performance Centre for Sport represents a significant chapter as we continue to develop a world-class sporting system at every level.
“This new multi-sport centre will complement the tremendous facilities we already have and those that are being built in Scotland and help our high performance athletes harness their skills and continue delivering on the world stage.”