Gordon Strachan impressed with sports centre progress

Stuart McCall, Malcom Deans, Katrina McAlister, Stuart Regan and Scotland manager Gordon Strachan. Picture: Paul Devlin

Stuart McCall, Malcom Deans, Katrina McAlister, Stuart Regan and Scotland manager Gordon Strachan. Picture: Paul Devlin

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SCOTLAND manager Gordon Strachan said he was impressed with work at Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre after leading an SFA delegation on a tour of the site.

Building is under way for the £33 million multi-sport centre at Heriot-Watt University, which will be the crown jewel of the Scottish FA’s performance strategy.

He was joined in Edinburgh by his assistant coach, Stuart McCall, and Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan.

Named Oriam, the centre is due to open its doors in August and Strachan and his fellow coaches were hugely impressed by the progress.

Strachan, from Muirhouse, said: “It’s terrific that the Scottish Government have recognised the need for such a top-class facility and it certainly looks impressive even at this early stage of the build process.

“It is one that should inspire the next generation of international players – not just in football – to fulfil their potential and we look forward to seeing this magnificent centre when it is complete.”

The multi-sport centre will include a full-sized indoor pitch with seating for 500, top-level grass and synthetic outdoor pitches, a high performance strength and conditioning centre, a high performance medical centre and hydrotherapy pool, fitness centres, studios and support services

Catriona McAllister, Oriam’s chief executive, said: “Everybody who comes to see the structure is blown away by the size and scale.

“All our partners are extremely impressed by the progress made so far and this was a fantastic opportunity for the SFA team to see the project first hand.

“Once the build reaches conclusion, Oriam will not only be a high-performance facility which meets and exceeds the needs of our nation’s performance teams in a number of sports, but crucially it will be a centre which everybody in the nation – from grassroots to greatness – can use and benefit from.”