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Old September 6th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Edinburgh Sport & Leisure Developments

The capital city sports thread:

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Home of Scottish Rugby


Name: Murrayfield Stadum
Capacity: 67,000
Tenants: Scottish Rugby Union National Team, Edinburgh Rugby.



Scotland - ranked 9th in the world
Edinburgh Rugby - 10th in the Pro12 League

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Not a football city?

Heart of Midlothian vs. Hibernian





Name: Tynecastle Stadium
Capacity: 17,400
Tenants: Heart of Midlothian





Name: Easter Road
Capacity: 20,500
Tenants: Hibernian

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Ice Hockey

Edinburgh Capitals - ELITE League team



  • Established in 1998.
  • Rivals of the Dundee Stars, Braehead Clan and Fife Flyers
  • Play their home games at the Murrayfield Ice Arena

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Repost from the NPCS thread but relevant here.

Edinburgh's bid for the National Performance Centre for Scotland by Reiach and Hall.



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Edinburgh’s bid would see the NPCS built in the parkland setting of Heriot-Watt University’s extensive campus in the west of the city; it features a Hampden replica pitch; an outdoor synthetic pitch; four outdoor natural football and two rugby pitches; nine court sports hall; a 3G indoor football pitch and a fitness suite, and world class facilities for sports science and medicine all linked together by a spectacular sports promenade.












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Already covered on the devoted NPCS thread but worth mentioning here too.

Edinburgh to host Scotland's elite performance sport centre

BBC News - 12th September, 2013

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Scotland's National Performance Centre for Sport will be located at the Riccarton Campus of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

The £30m multi-sport facility is being constructed to help Scotland's athletes excel at elite level.

The centre will offer high performance support for football, rugby and volleyball and be operational by 2016.

Athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, fencing, hockey and shinty will also receive assistance.

Netball, handball and squash are other sports that will benefit from the "high performance coaching and cutting edge sports medicine" on offer.

The new facility will be backed by £25m from the Scottish Government and £2.5m from each of Heriot-Watt University and the City of Edinburgh Council and it is expected that construction will start in the spring of 2014.

The centre will include an indoor full-sized 3G football pitch with seating for 500, a full sized grass pitch with seating for 500, a synthetic 3G pitch, two goalkeeper training areas with floodlights, two grass rugby pitches, five grass football pitches, three outdoor tennis courts, and a nine-court sports hall.

There will also be a 100-station fitness suite, hydrotherapy, strength and conditioning and treatment areas, office accommodation for governing bodies and also incorporate the existing facilities at the University's centre for sport and exercise.

One of the main features is the centre's roof, which is inspired by the angle and trajectory of one of the greatest goals in football history, a strike by Brazil's Roberto Carlos against France in 1997.

The Reiach & Hall design has also been developed "around the athlete", providing facilities and services aimed at creating a positive impact on the preparation and development of athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Principal and vice-chancellor Prof Steve Chapman said: "This is tremendous news for the bid team and, I believe, for the future of performance sport in Scotland.

"We have the go-ahead to create a world class sporting facility, combining the expertise we already have at Heriot-Watt with a tremendous location, design and setting which have proved a winning formula and will continue to do so for Scotland's up and coming sports men and women."

The Edinburgh site was picked ahead of submissions made by Dundee City Council and a partnership between the University of Stirling and Stirling Council.
Great news for the city but I really thought Stirling were favourites for this - and I wouldn't have been unhappy to see Dundee win either. Can't help but think that the SRU throwing their weight behind the Edinburgh bid must have been a huge determining factor.

On an similar note, I heard an unsubstantiated rumour that the SRU are in talks with cash-strapped Hearts to take control of the latter's Riccarton training ground at Heriot-Watt, which they intend to use it as a training base for Edinburgh Rugby. Not sure how this would factor into the above news, or even if there's any truth in the story.
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Edinburgh Indoor Climbing Arena (EICA) - Europe's largest indoor climbing arena



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Edinburgh International Climbing Arena (EICA:Ratho, formerly the Ratho Adventure Centre) is an adventure sports facility located in Ratho, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland. When it opened, it was the largest indoor climbing arena in the world. The centre opened in 2003, but in 2005 the company running it went into receivership, and the centre was temporarily closed. In 2007 the centre reopened under a new owner, Edinburgh Leisure, a not-for-profit company part-funded by City of Edinburgh Council. Since then, visitor numbers to the centre have grown and parts that were not complete, like the office suites, have been completed.

Services and facilities

The centre offers the world's largest indoor climbing arena, bouldering facilities, the Scottish National Judo Academy, and an aerial assault course. The centre was originally going to host a scuba diving tank, but this facility was delayed and later scrapped when the centre went into administration. The centre also has a gym that is specifically aimed at climbers with large amounts of strength and cardio equipment. Another gym for teenagers, called NRG Zone, is based mainly on teaching young people how to build up a good workout on their own.

Coaching and training with an instructor is available, as well as courses including indoor movement skills, indoor lead climbing, and a few less standard climbing course such as sea stack and ridge climbing. Instructor training can lead to awards and qualifications upon completion. The centre runs off-site courses in outdoor climbing, skiing, hillwalking and water sports.

The centre also hosts events such as weddings and stag/hen parties. Catering for these events is not provided by the centre, but by an external catering company. Within the centre, the Belay Café serves its own food. The centre provides team building and work day out events for business, and also offers conference and lecture accommodation, with WiFi access. There are four available rooms and one lecture theatre, with capacities ranging from very large (500+ people) to small (12 people). These rooms have also been used for events, including the Radio Forth awards.

Location

The climbing centre is located just to the west of the village of Ratho, and beside the M9 motorway, around 8 miles (13 km) from central Edinburgh. The centre is located in the former Ratho Quarry, which closed in 1905. The location was chosen because of the shape of the quarry, which allowed a roof to be placed over a section of it. Outside, the rest of the grounds were landscaped, and traditional climbing is available on the rock face of the quarry. Its location close to Edinburgh, around a 20 minute drive, meant a large potential customer base. The proximity of Edinburgh Airport means that climbers from all over Europe can visit the centre for a weekend. The airport is around a 20 minute walk from the facility, and a shuttlebus service operates between the two.

Events

The venue hosted the UIAA-ICC World Youth Climbing Championships in 2004 and 2010.

Controversy

The climbing centre over the years has suffered a number a setbacks and problems with the construction and design of the facility. When the company that owned it back in 2005 went under, the roof was in dire need of repair. When it rained water would come through the roof and right down into the main arena. Climbers complained that the wall was constantly wet and wondered why a simpler design was not put forward that would have been more practical. This water also collected under the floor that was made out of locally sourced rock. Around the edge of the arena where the floor met with the bare rock water was visible just an inch under the floor level. Since the takeover by Edinburgh Leisure the roof problem has been mostly fixed and some repairs around the outside of the roof have been carried out.






Exterior quarry area, featuring 65 recognised climbs.


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Midlothian Snowsports Centre - Europe's longest dry ski slope

*Technically this is outside the Edinburgh city boundary, but only by less than 200 meters, so I felt it was worth including here!*





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The Midlothian Snowsports Centre, formerly the Hillend Ski Centre, is the longest dry ski slope in Europe, situated near Hillend near Edinburgh, South East Scotland. It is a national training centre for Scottish Olympians, with 29 having been trained there as of 2010, including Finlay Mickel, a former British number one downhill skier.

Being just outside the Edinburgh City limits to the south of the city beyond the southern bypass road and in the shadow of the Pentland Hills, the centre is operated by Midlothian Council. It is used for skiing, snowboarding and snowblading, and social use includes lessons for adults and children occurring all year round.

An outdoor facility, all runs are made of matting that is suitable for use all year round, and floodlighting allows the slopes to be used in the evenings. A misting system ensures the slopes remain lubricated to increase speed and to create a more realistic surface.

It has two main slopes, a 20 m nursery slope and a jump slope; the slope on the left is 320 metres long and the large slope on the right is 450 metres long. Uplift is provided by a chairlift and two button lifts.

In 2010, the centre faced closure due operating at a loss and with Midlothian Council facing funding shortages. In March 2010, with losses of half a million pounds a year, and with fewer than 20% of the centre's users coming from Midlothian, a five month cost cutting plan was implemented, with the council due to consider either sale or lease by August 2010. A Facebook group campaigning to save the centre attracted 26,000 members. The council duly agreed a plan to keep the centre open, involving £600,000 of investment being spent on it by Sportscotland, and the sale of green belt land near the site to developers.




The aforementioned £600,000 upgrade included:

* An additional 210 metre slope on the hill
* 80 metres of new nursery slope
* Extension and improvement work to the existing nursery slopes with new, safer ski matting
* New snowtubing runs
* Installation of two new travellator uplift systems

Part of the recently completed new slope

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That climbing centre looks amazing. I never even knew it existed!!
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Royal Commonwealth Pool



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The Royal Commonwealth Pool is a category-A-listed building in Edinburgh that houses one of Scotland's main swimming pools. It is usually simply referred to as the Commonwealth Pool, or colloquially as the Commie.

The pool was closed for a major refurbishment between August 2009 and March 2012, and reopened on 21 March 2012.

History

A long course pool, the Royal Commonwealth Pool was designed by John Richards of RMJM; construction began in 1967, costing $3.84 million. In January 1970, the pool was completed in time for the year's Commonwealth Games, and used again in the 1986 games. The pool was an official training site for swimmers, divers and water polo players for the 2012 London Olympics and will be for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Diving competitions for the Glasgow games will also be hosted at the pool.

Architectural award nominations

In 1993 it was selected by the international conservation organisation DoCoMoMo as one of sixty key Scottish monuments of the post-war period. It was also nominated in 2002 by the Architecture Heritage Society of Scotland as one of the most significant modern contributions to Scottish heritage. These sentiments were echoed in Prospect 100 best modern Scottish buildings, published in 2005. S&P Architects were the architects and lead consultants for the 2012 refurbishment and were awarded the Scottish Design Award in 2012 for the best reuse of a listed building.
The £37m restoration included:

Restoration of listed features including 7,000m2 Iroko timber ceiling panels, and Terrazzo flooring finishes
Four new diving columns housing five diving boards up to 10m high
Main pool extended by 1.5m with inclusion of special boom to enable it to be split into two separate 25m pools for different activities
Moving floors within each pool to accommodate more activities
Dry dive training area with harnesses and trampolines
Underfloor heating within pool decks and changing rooms
Heated benches
Reconfigured gym and dance studios
800m2 solar panel to help heat pool
Innovative new ventilation system
Restoration of concrete and aluminium panels
Replacement of all asphalt waterproof wearing courses
Restoration of all glazed windows and doors.





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when you see the amount of sporting facilities that are being built in the two biggest cities its fantastic. although i would like to see more done on the football facilities front. the government never seem that interested in helping football at all.

the EICA is amazing.
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when you see the amount of sporting facilities that are being built in the two biggest cities its fantastic. although i would like to see more done on the football facilities front. the government never seem that interested in helping football at all.

the EICA is amazing.
£30m for the NPCS in Edinburgh centered around football and £13m for a Regional Performance Centre in Dundee, again focused around football, would suggest the government has some interest in helping the sport.
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£30m for the NPCS in Edinburgh centered around football and £13m for a Regional Performance Centre in Dundee, again focused around football, would suggest the government has some interest in helping the sport.
Stirling is apparently getting the same style of Regional Performance Centre as Dundee. To be fair they have come up with a proper masterplan for taking football forward. Whether it turns out to be a success remains to be seen though!
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Rat Race returns to Edinburgh

Edinburgh Reporter - 11th October, 2013



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Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest is a high octane 10km running-based event that will see the Scottish Capital once again turned into a giant assault course on Sunday 20 October, with 3500 runners expected to take part – the highest number yet.

Now in its fourth year, the innovative format sees competitors tackling a 10km running route interspersed with obstacle zones throughout the city centre.

Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest is being staged by Rat Race Adventure Sports, who staged their first ever event – the “Rat Race Urban Adventure” (one of the UK’s first urban adventure races) – in Edinburgh in 2004 and who are the UK market leaders in these types of challenges.

This year’s Edinburgh date forms 1 of 5 fixtures across “Survival season.” Other events take place in Cardiff, Nottingham and Manchester and culminate with a season closer at London’s Battersea Power Station.

The Edinburgh course will feature a “Braveheart charge” starting sequence on the Royal Mile, followed by a tough ascent of Jacob’s Ladder and the completion of multiple obstacles all over the Old Town and Holyrood Park. It finishes in West Princes Street Gardens where spectators are encouraged to come and cheer on the participants.

The obstacles themselves consist of a variety of challenges and runners should expect to face some staple Survival classics such as a series of hay bale walls, an Army assault course, the “Parkour” zone and a roadworks-inspired “Men’s Health at Work” zone. Also standing between entrants and their chances of crossing the finish line will be the infamous Men’s Health “Wall of Fame” – a sheer 8 foot high construction, which competitors must scale before they are able to officially call themselves a Survivor.

Jim Mee, Managing Director of Rat Race, commented: “Survival has become a much-loved date in Edinburgh’s events calendar and we love the way in which the city not only embraces the event, but gives us an amazing canvas on which to create this quirky urban obstacle course. These events are unique and provide a brilliant way to see the city differently, whilst having a bit of rough and tumble along the way.”

This year’s title sponsor of Men’s Health Survival of the Fittest is Volkswagen Amarok. Other partners include Tissot and Remington. Further information about the event can be found on the official website at www.mhsurvival.co.uk, including training information, videos and pricing. Entries can be made online through the website and are open until Wednesday 16th October.
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Accies stadium protesters told appeal would fail

Edinburgh Evening News - 11th October, 2013



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Campaigners fighting a major revamp of Scotland’s oldest rugby club have had their efforts to stop the development punted into touch – after being told their case would not sustain a judicial review.

Scottish QC Roy Martin is understood to have told those opposed to the £8 million overhaul of Edinburgh Accies’ Stockbridge ground that their arguments for a review of the planning approval were not strong enough.

The council’s planning committee voted in favour of the project in August, paving the way for the Raeburn Place venue to become a state-of-the-art sports hub boasting a 5000-capacity stadium, new clubhouse and heritage museum.

Opponents who have been railing against the development’s size – and the threat they say the new retail space poses to local businesses – had consistently claimed the 
planning approval process had been flawed.

However, Save Stockbridge chairman Bruce Thompson has conceded: “In the main, we’ve been advised that we haven’t got a case for judicial review.”

The campaign group hosted a meeting in Stockbridge on Monday attended by more than 100 people. Mr Thompson said: “Everybody was very upset at that news because there are a lot of people against this thing. But we’ve raised a considerable amount of money from the local people and they are all prepared to continue putting money in and want us to continue in our fight.”

Mr Thompson hinted that campaigners were exploring further options to challenge the development, including speaking with MSPs and councillors.

Construction work is expected to start early next year. Accies executive chairman Frank Spratt said: “We’re putting all the final agreements with the council together and we’re just pushing on as quick as we can.”

Douglas Roberts, chairman of pro-development group Supporting a Flourishing Stockbridge (SFS), said: “We don’t want any delays in this development taking place because of the huge benefits we see, in particular creating jobs.”
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Athletics body could make dash for new sports village

Edinburgh Evening News - 14th October, 2013

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The governing body for athletics in Scotland is considering relocating its base to a new elite sports village being built in west Edinburgh.

Scottishathletics has entered into talks with Heriot-Watt University over options for the new £30 million National Performance Centre for Sport.

Construction work to build the centre at the university’s Riccarton campus is due to start in spring next year after Edinburgh won the right to host the world-class facility.

Thirteen sports will be catered for at the arena including football, rugby, tennis and basketball, but athletics was not part of the original blueprint.

Discussions have been initiated by scottishathletics with university chiefs and Edinburgh City Council since the bid was won last month in a bid to play some part in the development.

Access for athletes to the centre’s 100-station fitness suite and hydrotherapy, strength and conditioning, and treatment areas will be discussed, as well as the potential for a running track to be developed.

Scottishathletics is based in Caledonia House at South Gyle, but is likely to at least consider shifting to Heriot-Watt if there are attractive terms.

Any decision to build an outdoor track at the centre would be outside the £30 million set aside and would require extra investment.

Scottishathletics chief executive Nigel Holl said: “We recognised that actually the real detailed opportunities for engagement would happen once the preferred bidder was identified. Now that it is Heriot-Watt, we think that gives some excellent opportunities. We’re having fairly high level discussions about any options that may exist. The key thing being that actually from an athletics perspective – and being very selfish about athletics – we need to make sure we’ve got the right mix of facilities in the right locations across Scotland.”

The talks are likely to fan fears about Meadowbank Stadium’s future, and Mr Holl recognised any new athletics facilities could affect Meaowbank.

A working party has been formed to make a decision on the stadium while The Sports Consultancy, Deloitte Real Estate and Edinburgh-based architects Reiach and Hall are drawing up a blueprint for the venue’s proposed overhaul.

Lothian Greens MSP Alison Johnstone – a qualified UK athletics coach and former runner – said she was surprised a running track had not been put forward in original plans.

She said: “I would suggest that a National Performance Centre for Sport should have an athletics track. Everyone playing sport from football to volleyball to basketball could use an athletics facility too. It’s the basis of a lot of other sports in terms of the exercise that you can perform on a track. It makes a lot of sense to explore the options, but clearly I wouldn’t want anyone to forget there are other facilities in the city that are tired and would benefit from significant investment at this point of time.

“There’s a great deal of affection for Meadowbank. It’s not just some form of nostalgia – it happens to be near a very large centre of population.”

The performance centre at Heriot-Watt is due to open by January 2016. An Edinburgh council spokeswoman said: “The council is mindful of the needs of Scottish Athletics and will continue to work with them on a broad range of projects, including the current assessment of options for Meadowbank sports centre and stadium.”
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Edinburgh 29-23 Munster in the Heineken Cup at the weekend.

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Heineken Cup Pool 6: Edinburgh edge Munster in Murrayfield thriller

Edinburgh, who lost all six of their pool-stage matches last term, put their Heineken Cup misery behind them with a 29-23 victory over Munster in an enthralling Murrayfield encounter on Saturday.

Tries from Matt Scott and Tim Visser combined with a near-perfect kicking display from Greig Laidlaw saw the Scottish region past a battling Munster side in round one.
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Tennis tournament to return with fixed roof

Edinburgh Evening News - 18th October, 2013



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A tennis tournament featuring some of the biggest stars of the game looks set to return to the Capital, with organisers finalising a deal to fix the event’s faulty roof and ensure rain doesn’t stop play.

The Champions of Tennis competition boasting stars such as three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe is on track to return for a second year in Stockbridge on the back of renewed public support.

The tournament at Raeburn Place had been stung by criticism after a specially-designed roof billed as weatherproof in the lead-up to the June event failed to stop one of the days getting almost completely washed out with rain.

Punters who paid up to £100 for matches had threatened legal action after being refused a refund, with the financial risk heightening chances of organisers Serve and Volley abandoning the event.

However, tournament 
director Viki Mendelssohn yesterday said she was “confident” the four-day competition would survive.

A council report said Serve and Volley had “secured” the services of an engineering company that could make the necessary changes to the roof to prevent rain from getting on to the playing surface a second time round. Payments to fix the roof will have to be managed by Serve and Volley, with the company having bought rather than hired the cover.

Ms Mendelssohn would not confirm the identity of the engineering firm, but said: “We’re discussing all the potential opportunities for next year. I want to do the event next year . . . the signs are all very positive.”

An independent assessment commissioned by EventScotland found more than 90 per cent of spectators interviewed had rated their visit to the tournament as either “good” or “very good”.

More than 10,000 people attended the event.

Ms Mendelssohn will go to Tuesday’s culture and sport committee meeting at the City Chambers where she is expected to be quizzed by councillors over solutions to the inaugural event’s failings.

Committee member Councillor Lindsay Paterson said she would want a “cast iron” guarantee that blowing rain would not halt play in 2014 if the council were again to contribute £50,000 to the 
tournament.

She said: “I’d be very hesitant to put more money towards something that I wasn’t absolutely sure would be a success next year.”
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£100,000 boost secures future of rugby club

Edinburgh Evening News - 4th November, 2013

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A beleaguered rugby club has been awarded £100,000 of funding to secure its future as a community hub.

Boroughmuir Rugby and Sports Community Club (BRCSC) will use the boost from the Scottish Investment Fund to fully refurbish the ground floor of the clubhouse and build a cafe open to players and the public.

The funding will also support the creation of a new post at the club for a community development manager, Lizzie Brough, who will be responsible for widening the community use of the facilities beyond purely rugby and arranging training opportunities for young people.

One of the Capital’s best-known rugby clubs, Boroughmuir faced financial difficulties in 2011.

And in March, the club suffered another blow after a gang of thugs raided its clubhouse and caused damage worth tens of thousands of pounds.

The Meggetland-based club, formerly known as Boroughmuir Rugby Football Club and founded in 1919, underwent a major review by community sports and leisure consultancy, PMR Leisure, and consequently re-established itself as the social enterprise BRCSC in 2012.

Bosses now aim to establish Boroughmuir as a sustainable community sports club driving rugby success and sporting participation across all ages and genders.

BRCSC is the first rugby club in Scotland to embark on such radical change putting a charity at the heart of the club’s legal structure which will drive forward the strategy for the future of the whole club. It is hoped that other clubs will follow.

Board chairman Bill Watson said: “It’s a radical change, moving from a single traditional rugby club to opening its doors as a multisport and social hub for the community.

“It’s creating great experiences for sports people so they can continue to get enjoyment for the rest of their lives.

“A lot of the sports which already exist at Meggetland do not have clubhouse facilities, this will change that.”

Refurbishment work is due to commence in January 2014 with a view to opening at the beginning of March.

Social Investment Scotland’s chief executive, Alastair Davis, said: “As we look forward to next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, it’s hoped that we begin to see more sports clubs looking to establish themselves as self-sustaining social enterprises with strong financial foundations and the ability to build a lasting legacy to the games.”

PROUD HISTORY

Boroughmuir Former Pupils RFC was formed in 1919, with the club admitted to the SRU in 1939.

Originally restricted to former pupils of Boroughmuir High, the club’s badge is derived from the school.

The side were the first to win the BT Cellnet Scottish Cup back to back and the first to win it three times.
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Stockbridge Legends tennis event to get £30k grant

Edinburgh Evening News - 12th December, 2013

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The Legends tennis tournament in Edinburgh is set to be awarded £30,000 towards next year’s event despite a trouble-hit debut.

City council chiefs are expected to approve the funding on Tuesday in a contribution that will shore up the future of the Champions of Tennis competition, which brought stars such as three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe and Goran Ivanisevic to Stockbridge this year.

Strict conditions will be attached to the grant in concerted efforts to avoid the problems linked to a faulty roof that marred the inaugural event. Organising firm Serve and Volley will have to ensure proposed changes to the roof’s design will prevent water from getting onto the court and stopping play. Any doubt over the alterations working would lead to the funding being blocked.

The move comes after a specially-designed roof billed as weatherproof in the lead-up to the Raeburn Place tournament in June failed to prevent one of the days being almost washed out. The firm behind the event was threatened with legal action after punters who paid up to £100 for matches were subsequently refused a refund.

Other conditions that must be met for the council’s support include organisers securing a title sponsor and producing a “sound business plan”.

Council officers will also have to be shown the terms and conditions for ticket buyers before seats for 2014 go on sale.

The council’s contribution would go towards the overall funding pot for next year’s event, rather than to specific costs such as fixing the faulty roof.

City festivals and events champion Steve Cardownie, who watched McEnroe in action on the inaugural event’s final day, said: “The fact they could attract such big names down there to Stockbridge for the event was great. What wasn’t so good was the guarantees that the water would not interrupt the proceedings, which it did. I can understand many people’s annoyance and dismay.

“We’ve taken that on board, and tried to build in safeguards to make sure that won’t happen again.”

The city council contributed £50,000 to the 2013 tournament to match an equal contribution from EventScotland. Organisers will not receive any funding from EventScotland for 2014 amid a packed event schedule that includes the Ryder Cup, Commonwealth Games and MTV Awards, but said that would not jeopardised the competition’s viability.

Tournament director Viki Mendelssohn said: “Hopefully we can all look forward to a bigger and better event in 2014.”
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Balerno to get new 3G pitch

Edinburgh Reporter - 16th December, 2013

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Christmas is coming early for young people across Scotland including those living in Balerno following a £1.43m boost from the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities to build a new, full-sized 3G pitch there.

The fund will provide money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act for synthetic turf rugby and football pitches at five venues across Scotland, and one of those earmarked for a new pitch is Malleny Park in Balerno.

Priority has been given to bids for pitches with projects working with young people in areas that experience antisocial behaviour and crime.

This is the first wave of funding allocations from a pot of £3.15 million; the next wave will be announced in the new year. The cash comprises £2 million from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme, coupled with £1 million from sportscotland and £150,000 from WREN.

The CashBack funding has come from a £5.6 million payment from Aberdeen-based oil and gas company Abbot Group after the firm used the Crown Office’s self-reporting initiative to admit benefitting from corrupt payments made in an overseas deal.

Applications for funding were invited from partnerships between local authorities and local football and rugby clubs. The successful applicants and locations are:

Aberdeen City Council at Central Park, Dyce Academy Playing Field, Dyce, Aberdeen (£300,000)
Stonehaven Community Group at Mineralwell Park, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire (£280,000)
City of Edinburgh Council at Malleny Park, Balerno, Edinburgh (£300,000 including £50,000 WREN funding)
Strathaven Rugby Football Club at Whiteshawgate Park, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire (£300,000)
Dalziel High School Memorial Trust at Dalziel Park, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire (£250,000 including £50,000 WREN funding)

At a visit to Malleny Park with pupils from Balerno High School , Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said:

“Today’s announcement is a perfect example of how criminal money can be seized and used for good to make communities richer places to live.

“These pitches will allow young people to access facilities that keep them out of trouble and encourage them to lead healthy and happy lives. The fact these pitches can be used for both football and rugby all year round means we are encouraging the next generation of sportsmen and women to develop their full potential.

“This government has now redistributed more than £50 million in criminal money to good causes through this unique Scottish programme, with dozens of CashBack-funded sports facilities now in place across Scotland to provide a tangible legacy that communities can use and enjoy for years to come.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said:

“At sportscotland we firmly believe in the power of sport to change lives and transform communities. That is why we have made an additional £1 million of funding available to complement Cashback support for projects such as the five announcedtoday.

“sportscotland is committed to investing in quality facilities as part of its drive towards developing a world-class sporting system at all levels. Increasing and improving the opportunities for people to become involved in sport and physical activity locally is right at the heart of that commitment and it’s fantastic to see more communities across Scotland set to benefit as a result of this funding.”

Cameron Watt, the Scottish Football Association’s Facilities Manager said, “Firstly we wish to thank the Scottish Government for another significant investment in facilities that is sure to have a tremendous impact on the successful applicant clubs and their players.

We’ve enjoyed working together with our partners at sportscotland and Scottish Rugby to identify projects that will deliver facilities for both sports. As a result both football and rugby will enjoy over £3m of investment as opposed to simply splitting the pot in half and delivering for each sport separately. CashBack for Pitches has been a fine example of partnership between the Scottish FA, Scottish Rugby and Scotland’s national agency for sport.”

Director of Operations for Scottish Rugby, Colin Thomson, added:

“Today we’re launching five projects that will result in 3G football and rugby pitches being established in communities across Scotland.

“We have already seen the benefits of 3G pitches with countless numbers of rugby participants, from schools and clubs, taking part in activities at Scotstoun prior to Glasgow Warriors matches and on our own 3G pitch at Murrayfield before Edinburgh Rugby games. These are fantastic surfaces that help develop the skills necessary to enjoy participation in our great sport.

“Today’s announcement is a great example of what rugby and football clubs can achieve when they work together with other partners with the common goal of improving facilities, to increase opportunities for youngsters in sport.”
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Top cyclist’s fears over ‘white elephant’ track

Edinburgh Evening News - 17th December, 2013

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The heir apparent to Sir Chris Hoy’s mantle as Scotland’s best track cyclist has slammed plans to replace Meadowbank’s ageing velodrome with an outdoor concrete track.

City of Edinburgh Racing Club member Callum Skinner said building an outdoor facility at Hunters Hall Park in Craigmillar would just create a “white elephant”.

The city council has so far committed £1.2 million to create an alternative banked track, closed 1km road loop and BMX circuit as part of a regional cycling hub.

The plans, backed by Scottish Cycling, would replace the Meadowbank velodrome, which is to be sold off for housing to pay for the nearby stadium’s redevelopment.

Like Hoy, 21-year-old Skinner has credited being given the opportunity to train at the Meadowbank facility with launching his career.

And while the British track cycling team member agreed the creaking track is “substandard”, he said asking top athletes to travel to Glasgow to train on an indoor track was “patronising” and showed a “deep misunderstanding for the sport”.

“Anything other than an indoor facility will become a white elephant,” he said. “The most recent example of this is Glasgow’s own Bellahouston velodrome – a complete waste of time and money.

“The bare minimum replacement for Meadowbank velodrome would be an indoor 200m wooden velodrome. As I’m now based in Manchester I have seen first-hand the benefits a velodrome brings to the community.

“Manchester is built in the deprived Eastlands area. The track is always full to capacity, used by many local schools and the kids’ club has a waiting list.”

Skinner voiced his frustration in an open letter sent to Sports Minister Shona Robison and city culture and sport convener Richard Lewis.

A report on options for Meadowbank Stadium’s future last week estimated it would cost £10.7m to build an indoor 200m velodrome at the site.

Scottish Cycling and the council intend to commission detailed costs for building a minimum-standard indoor velodrome while finalising design plans for the Hunters Hall Park site.

Craig Burn, chief executive for Scottish Cycling, said: “We would rather get things happening than talk for the next ten to 20 years about indoor velodromes and for nothing to happen at all.

“Given our weather and climate, we would love to see a replacement Meadowbank velodrome with a roof on it. However, we also have to be realistic over what’s affordable and who is going to pay for it.”

Councillor Lewis said plans for Meadowbank were still at an early stage, adding: “Realistically affordability is a key factor and we have to take decisions in the context of what provision is available across the country to ensure spending is prioritised where it will benefit the maximum amount of people.”
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