Minister visits site of new sports complex

Trust Director Graeme Hay, Alex Salmond MP, Gillian Martin MSP, Sports minister Aileen Campbell, Trust Chairman Gordon Booth, Former Trust Chairman and Architect William Lippe
Trust Director Graeme Hay, Alex Salmond MP, Gillian Martin MSP, Sports minister Aileen Campbell, Trust Chairman Gordon Booth, Former Trust Chairman and Architect William Lippe

The Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport has visited the site of the proposed Garioch Sports and Community Centre in Inverurie.

Aileen Campbell MSP was accompanied by the MP for Gordon, Alex Salmond and MSP for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin along with representatives of the project on the visit that took place on Tuesday, August 16.

An artist impression of the new Garioch Sports and Community Centre

An artist impression of the new Garioch Sports and Community Centre

The Garioch Sports Centre is a highly valued and well-used community facility for the sporting, recreational, health and wellbeing needs of Inverurie and the surrounding area. Due to the Centre’s overwhelming popularity, a local trust, the Inverurie Sports Development Project (ISDP), have put forward plans to build a new centre on top of the existing one.

The project includes plans to build tennis courts, a multi-sports indoor arena, fitness suites and an all-weather pitch that will become the new home of the Inverurie Loco Works Football Club.

The new state-of-the-art facility will also include 3G pitches, grass pitches, a restaurant and a media centre to support press coverage at sporting events.

Commenting on the Ministerial visit, Mr Salmond said: “It is great to see that the Scottish Government is committed to increasing participation in sport throughout the country and Aileen’s visit is evident of that commitment.

“I look forward to the Scottish Government, the ISDP, the local sports clubs and Inverurie Locos all working closely together to make this new centre the very best it can be.”

Gillian Martin added: “Over the last few weeks, 12 Scottish athletes have won medals at the Rio Olympics, so it is a perfect week to explore plans to increase health and sport within our community.

“I will be working closely with both my colleagues in Holyrood and the Trust to make sure they can see this project come to life and so that the people of Inverurie and beyond can begin to enjoy the fantastic new facilities.”