ORGANISERS of the Capital’s bid to host the new National Performance Centre for Sport are urging the public to pledge their support, with a decision expected from the Scottish Government in the coming weeks.
The www.goedinburgh2016.com site already has 4700 pledges and it is hoped 5000 can be reached before the announcement is made later this month. The bid has also received the backing of Sir Chris Hoy, Gavin Hastings and Sir Steve Redgrave.
Heriot-Watt University’s bid, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, is one of three shortlisted for the £30 million centre, intended to provide Scotland’s top sports men and women with the facilities to excel on the international stage.
Professor Steve Chapman, Heriot-Watt University Principal, said: “It’s the final sprint to the finish now for our bid to host the National Performance Centre for Sport. We believe strongly in the value of our proposed centre, and we greatly value the support we have received from many people and a wide range of organisations. It would be an added bonus to reach the 5,000 milestone, so please do visit the website and pledge your support.”
A delegation presented Edinburgh’s ambitious bid before a high-profile, seven-person judging panel at Hampden Park in Glasgow last month.
Their plans include developing a nine-court sports hall, 3G indoor football pitch, fitness suite, and world-class sports science and medicine facilities inside or around the main building, all connected by a striking sports promenade.
A 170-bed mid-market hotel and three outdoor tennis courts were also pitched as part of Edinburgh’s bid.
The Capital is vying with Stirling and Dundee to win the rights for the stadium.
Councillor Richard Lewis, the city’s Culture and Sport Convener, said, “Edinburgh is the perfect home for this national centre and would provide an easily accessible facility for Scotland’s top performing athletes to train and develop in.
“There’s a lot of focus on sport just now with the legacy of the Olympics and next year’s Commonwealth Games approaching. So, we’re calling on all those who love sport and Edinburgh to back our bid and help us reach 5,000 pledges.”