Hub offers a sporting chance for everyone

Huntershill playing fields
Huntershill playing fields

Hopes are high that an ambitious new facility will boost the number of people of all ages getting involved in sport and fitness.

East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust is currently working on a Bishopbriggs Community Sports Hub (CSH) - to be based at Huntershill - which will include a 3G sports pitch, six-lane running track, tennis courts and a grass pitch.

The Bishopbriggs CSH steering group has created a vision and mission statement - involving football, athletics, tennis and rugby clubs, teams and sports enthusiasts.

The group is keen to get a range of clubs, schools and organisations in the Bishopbriggs area involved - with young people driving the CSH forward.

A public engagement event is due to be held early in the new year.

Key aims include growing participation in sports, engaging the local community, promoting community leadership and offering a whole range of sporting opportunities.

Scott Hill, chairman of the EDLC Trust, explained: “Community Sports Hubs provide a home for sport - offering a focus for clubs and other local organisations which want to work together to improve the sports offered in their local community. Each Community Sports Hub develops its own vision and values to ensure all involved are clear on the work they will do together.

“Hubs help to promote sports, increase participation and also provide opportunities to develop volunteers of all ages within our local community.

“The trust and council are committed to helping young people achieve their potential through sport and to encourage people of all ages to get more active.”

A pre-planning application public event for the CSH will be held in the New Year - in advance of the submission of the planning application.

The facility is expected to open in August 2016.

Councillor Alan Moir, the council’s convener of development and regeneration said: “I am pleased that work is taking place to develop a Community Sports Hub in Bishopbriggs.

“The council is delighted to work with the trust to provide excellent support, wonderful facilities and a wide range of opportunities for people to enjoy sports and leisure activities.

“Hubs provide information, support and advice on sports - making it easier for local people to get involved and engaged in a more active and healthier lifestyle.”

Councillor Moir added: “I am, of course, delighted that Bishopbriggs Sports Hub will be based at Huntershill and hope as many clubs, schools and groups get involved as possible.”