FM announces Legacy activity funding for Hawick
£2m Active Places Fund boost for community projects as part of Games legacy.
First Minister Alex Salmond today announced that the people of Hawick are to benefit from the latest round of a multi-million pound sports and activity fund which will help three new all-weather tennis courts be erected in the town.
The First Minister visited the bust of Hawick rugby legend Bill McLaren in Wilton Lodge Park, to announce that Bill McLaren Park Ltd has been granted £77,000 towards the state-of-the-art tennis courts in the town from the Scottish Government’s £10 million Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund.
Mr Salmond confirmed the tennis-courts project was one of 40 community sports and physical activity developments across Scotland that would benefit from funding totalling £2 million to ensure that the impact of the Commonwealth Games continued long beyond the curtain comes down on the event next year by encouraging people to get active.
In total, 40 projects across the country have received funding. Other successful projects include Ettrick Forest Sport and Recreation Club’s refurbishment of its tennis court and changing rooms as well as developments such as Arbroath Skate Park, Cycle Speedway at Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline and a Trim Trail with play equipment at Elphinstone Primary School in East Lothian.
The First Minister said:
“Glasgow 2014 is the largest sporting and cultural event Scotland has ever hosted and with less than one-year to go – there is a great sense of pride and excitement around the Games all across Scotland.
“The investment in this community facility in Hawick - and many others across the country – is part of this government’s vision to deliver a lasting legacy through the Games, by improving local facilities and inspiring people to get active, either through sport or something simple like going for a walk.
“Awarding funding to a project linked to rugby legend Bill McLaren is particularly apt in this community, given all that the great man did for sport here, putting Hawick on the map on a global sporting stage. I can think of no more deserving project for this funding than one that ensures the people of Hawick can get active.
“This award is even more timely given the success of Andy Murray at Wimbledon, which has no doubt led to an increased interest in tennis. The new all-weather tennis courts in Hawick will allow locals to enjoy the sport - whatever their level.
“The Games coming to Scotland provides an exceptional opportunity to make our nation healthier, help our businesses to prosper and celebrate our modern and vibrant culture both at home and on the world stage. Across Scotland local communities will benefit from the Active Places Fund giving people of all ages the opportunity to be part of the excitement created through the Games.”
David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, said:
“The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is an opportunity to build a legacy in Glasgow, Scotland and across the Commonwealth in jobs, health and sport.
“Within the Organising Committee and alongside our Games Partners, the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland, there is a shared sense of purpose and ambition.
“Our focus is to deliver for Glasgow and Scotland an outstanding Games and, beyond that, to leave a powerful legacy well into the future with our showcase for world-class sport having a tangible community relevance.”
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said:
“sportscotland and the Scottish Government are working closely to deliver a successful sporting legacy from Glasgow 2014, and the Active Places Fund is a key component of that vision.
“Sporting facilities for both performance athletes and local communities are the best they have ever been in Scotland.
“We are well placed to capitalise on the growing captivation surrounding next year’s Games as we continue to expand Scotland’s stock of excellent facilities and provide more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and physical activity.”
The Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund is part of the Scottish Government’s Commonwealth Games Legacy 2014 programme, which will give communities across Scotland more and better places to be active.
Grants of up to £100,000 are available to help build or upgrade local facilities such as new bike or skate parks, outdoor adventure facilities, walking routes, or new projects within school estates, to help people get active, either through sport or other physical activity.
For more information on Legacy 2014 visit: www.legacy2014.co.uk or follow @Legacy2014scot
A full list of the projects awarded funding in this round of the Active Places Fund is available here:
Ettrick Forest Sport and Recreation Club
Refurbished single tennis court extended to LTA regulation size, drained, levelled and resurfaced. Fenced open practice area. Upgrade of pavilion sheds to disabled WC, full access and improved changing.
Falkirk Community Trust
Reinstatement of 3 unplayable and derelict tennis courts to be upgraded (from tarmac) to porous full sized acrylic painted surfaces.
Warriston Community Tennis Club
A single full-size (36.7m x 18.3m) tarmacadam tennis court with an acrylic painted surface and an adjoining similarly surfaced mini-tennis court (17m x 8.5m).
Cramond Parent and Staff Association
An interactive, fun, adventure landscape for children of all ages and abilities in the grounds of Cramond Primary School. It will also be open to the wider community.
Wallace High School
Develop 110 (130) metre, 4 lane "tartan" running track. Mountain bike and skills track. 7.3 metre climbing tower
Alyth Hill Users Group
A pump track suitable for those with balance bikes. A park skills area with split level jumps and berms. A blue grade single track trail (600m).
Sutherland Community Sports and Recreation Club
Install a 7 a-side, floodlit, 3G outdoor games area with security fencing suitable for football, hockey, shinty, athletics (floodlit winter training).
Install floodlights to 6 of the existing 16 tennis courts. Refurbishment of the existing pavilion building to provide facilities for users, including toilets, changing accommodation, café/club room and small office area.
Quarryhill Primary School
The proposal is Grounds for Learning landscape within the ground of an existing primary school. Consideration given to sports provision, existing pitch maintained. Excellent use of the playground space which will increase physical activity and improve quality of both active play and PE.
Tranent Community Sports Club with Scottish Lawn Tennis Foundation
Extend and renew tennis courts with min tennis lines and install ducting for future floodlighting. Access to existing public pavilion adjacent to the courts to provide changing, toilets and storage.
Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust
Creation of a new skate park on the southern part of the existing BMX track. The main features will include mini ramp, bowl, open area and rhythm sections.
Arbroath Skatepark Project Club
Sprayed concrete park with a street section and a separate bowl. The park will include features for all wheeled sports including skateboarding, roller skating and BMX biking.
Killearn Community Futures Company
Create an all-user path between Drumtain Road and Fintry Cross Roads. The route will be 1.3km and is between existing fields and around various woods.
Bill McLaren Park Limited
Three new all-weather tennis courts (porous macadam) with floodlighting and fencing to all courts. Access to the existing cricket pavilion for changing and toilets.
Carnoustie Skatepark Committee
Park to include features for all wheeled sports, including skateboarding, roller blading and BMX biking, allowing users of all ages and abilities to participate.
Falkirk Community Trust
The Helix Adventure Zone adventure play area has been developed & designed to follow current best practice to maximise the physical activity experience of children, from toddlers to teenagers. A high standard outdoor play & adventure facility which also incorporate nature features to create a stimulating environment, suitable for a wide range of ages & ability.
Installation of 3 stations on the trail around Forfar Loch containing 10 units of equipment for a full body workout
Farr Secondary School Fund Committee
A multi purpose rectangular area with multi use sports markings. The subsurface would be sand-filled to ensure it is user friendly, more accessible and can be used for multiple sports on a single area.
A Grounds for Learning fully accessible free play concept in the grounds of the school. Loose and set materials within an area of 6400 square metres.
Creation of a shared use route for pedestrians and cyclists from Menstrie and the Hillfoot villages to Stirling University
Newport Skate Park Initiative
Floating concrete skatepark with two different sections suitable for all users and spectators. Access to the park will be via a path.
Queen Anne High School
Construct a cycle speedway track at Queen Anne High School.
Woodland Trust Scotland
Path network and track upgrade to encourage people to explore beyond exiting site. Creation of anew loop through time trail to enable visitors to explore a currently inaccessible area. Installation of new signage, waymarking and interpretation around the site. Improve and extend car parking facilities.
Tryst Community Sports Club
Creation of a formalised biking environment containing a pump track and mountain bike skills trail/circuit.
Highland Skate Parks Association
Concrete floodlit outdoor skate park with associated landscapeing.
Buchlyvie Community Association
Installation of climbing/bouldering features as part of the overall enhancement of the park.
Balmullo MUGA Management Group
New build 36x18m multi use games area with floodlighting.
Cowlairs Development Trust
Creation of a play park next to existing MUGA.
Girl Guiding Dunbartonshire Residential Committee
Trim trail adventure equipment.
St John’s Parent Council
Playground netball court and bespoke fitness equipment.
Installation of 30 low level pontoons to enhance the accessibility of the canal system between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Create new paths in the most popular routes through the site, following existing desire lines, and providing options for circular routes that can be used for recreation or exercise. The paths will link up with existing informal path network that runs throughout the woodland forming part of a range of graded walking routes for different users.
North Lanarkshire Council
Create a concrete skate park to service local users.
Bike trail for people with disabilities.
North Lanarkshire Council
Develop the existing Coatbridge Parkour park into a nationally recognised outdoor training and recreation facility.
Bridge End Outdoor Centre Trust
Provide a fully accessible pontoon and gangway for safe access to water sports for all. These will be designed specifically to allow disabled access for kayaks, canoes and other water sport crafts.
North Merchiston Club
Changing room extension and upgrade/refurbishment of existing sports hall.
Elphinstone School Parent Council
Trim trail and play equipment to encourage active play.
Buckstone Primary School
The proposal is grounds for learning landscape within the ground of an existing primary school taking advantage of the large area available to the school. 1 court area preserved for sports provision. Excellent use of playground space which will increase physical activity and improve quality of active play and PE.
Drummond Community High School
Provision of 3G pitch within school grounds.