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17/06/13 13:16

Aberdeen Sports Village

Sport Minister sees work to help disabled take part in sport

Aberdeen Sports Village provides a model for disability sport that the rest of Scotland can learn from, Sport Minister Shona Robison said today. Speaking following a visit to Scotland’s first and only Disability Sport Hub at Aberdeen Sports Village, Ms Robison said:

“Next year’s Commonwealth Games will be the most inclusive ever and will see the sport and parasport programmes completely integrated during 11 spectacular days. Building further on the success of Paralympics, the Games will be another fantastic chance to showcase disabled sport and inspire people with a physical, sensory or learning disability to try something new.

“Aberdeen Sports Village is a great example of integration, with proper consideration of disabled sport during its planning and free entry for carers who accompany a person with a disability. The Disability Sport Hub is run by fantastic staff and volunteers and really makes a difference to the lives of the local community. I have been extremely impressed with the commitment and enthusiasm I have seen today and will be having further discussions on how the model that operates here could work elsewhere.”

Notes to editors

The Aberdeen Sports Village was awarded £7 million through the Scottish Government’s National and Regional Sports Facilities Strategy, towards a total project cost of around £24 million. Since opening, the Village has seen almost two million visitors and has set a target of one million visits annually. The Aberdeen 50 metre pool received £5 million of Scottish Govrenment funding towards a project cost of around £23 million.