SPORTS and Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison visited Motherwell last week to open North Lanarkshire’s newest community sports hub at Dalziel High.
The hubs provide a key part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy Plan which aims to increase the number of people of all ages participating in sport and physical activity.
This is Motherwell’s second hub, the other being based at Braidhurst High, and the fifth overall in the local authority area with a total of 11 planned.
Ms Robison said: “As a nation we need to take more exercise. Our children should be active for a minimum of an hour a day with adults being active for at least 30 minutes five days a week.
“It is vital that we capture the interest and enthusiasm being generated by the Commonwealth Games to create a lasting legacy where we all adopt healthier, more active lifestyles.
“Crucial to this is the development of Community Sports Hubs, giving sport and physical activity a home in the community and offering a safe, welcoming environment for participants and volunteers alike.
“I am delighted that North Lanarkshire is well to the fore in developing hubs, but what is equally pleasing is that all 11 hubs planned to date will be based in and around schools.
“Schools like Dalziel High are home to some tremendous facilities and it is vital that these are made much more accessible to their local communities.”
The first phase in the development of the hubs will be to allow further use of school sports facilities outwith normal hours bringing clubs and users together to share resources, equipment and expertise.
Councillor Jim Logue, convener of learning and leisure services, said: “Hubs are about creating a more joined up approach to increasing participation in sport.
“It’s part of our drive to get communities more active and make the most of the facilities we have.
“We’ll be developing sports hubs in the area around specific sites, including school and community sports facilities, in particular where there has been a significant investment in improving facilities.”