North Ayrshire is to be the home of Scotland’s first dedicated para-sports facility, which will be built at the National Sports Centre in Largs.
The announcement was made by the SNP Scottish Government’s Commonwealth Games Secretary Shona Robison MSP.
A Scottish Government spokesperson explained, “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. The Inverclyde Centre will also be extensively refurbished.”
The spokesperson noted, “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.”
Cabinet Secretary 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.”