A new era for sport and leisure has kicked off in East Dunbartonshire with the official opening of Huntershill Sports Hub.
The multi-million pound facility will encourage sporting activity in the community, as well as enhancing facilities for local performance and club-level athletes.
Provost Alan Brown was delighted to officially open Huntershill Sports Hub on Thursday 7 September.
A range of facilities and services are now available, including:
- New floodlit, all-weather 3G sports pitch, approved for football and contact rugby
- Sports pavilion building - including 10 changing rooms, multi-use hall, meeting room and more
- Three new floodlit, all-weather tennis courts
- A six-lane, all-weather athletics track with jump and throws areas
- Fully-resurfaced, all-weather 3G football pitch
- New access and parking.
East Dunbartonshire Council developed the Bishopbriggs facility in partnership with East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust and sportscotland.
Provost Alan Brown said, "I am delighted to officially open the new Huntershill Sports Hub, which offers state-of-the-art facilities for a range of local sports and activities.
"From football, rugby and tennis to running, dancing and keep fit - Huntershill is a fantastic attraction and a great example of what can be delivered - even during such challenging times.
"I'm pleased that the Council - working with the Trust and a range of partners - has managed to deliver such a great facility."
Sandy Marshall, Chair of EDLC Trust, added, "This is indeed a fabulous new facility and the culmination of a great deal of hard work by the Council and Trust, along with sportscotland, Scottish Athletics, Tennis Scotland, local football clubs, athletics groups and rugby clubs.
"I am delighted to see that Huntershill is already proving popular and have no doubt it will continue to go from strength to strength."
In addition to support from sportscotland, funding was allocated within the Council's capital programme.
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said, "At sportscotland we know that working in partnership and identifying opportunities to join up our thinking and delivery is the best way to maximise resources and deliver a great outcome for sport.
"It is terrific to see that East Dunbartonshire Council and the Leisure and Culture Trust share that philosophy. Their consultations with governing bodies and clubs mean that it will meet the needs of the local community for many years to come. That’s why we were delighted to invest £500,000 in delivering this fantastic community facility."
Ed Parry, managing director of main contractor Robertson Central West, said, "The official opening of Huntershill Sports Hub is a proud moment for the team at Robertson. Our team has worked extremely hard alongside the local supply chain - establishing a close relationship with East Dunbartonshire Council and engaging with the local community.
"We continue to build on that engagement programme as work progresses well at the nearby Auchinairn community facility – with both projects procured through Scape Group’s National Major Works framework.
"I am sure that the Sports Hub will quickly establish itself within the local area and further afield, and that everyone will enjoy and benefit from this fine facility for many years to come."
For more information and to book, visit www.edlc.co.uk/online-bookings or call 0141 777 3061.
- In addition to support from sportscotland, funding was allocated within the Council's capital programme - which is funded differently and separate from the revenue budget, which pays for day-to-day services and is under significant pressure.