David Stewart MSP

North snubbed by Scottish Government’s plans to support talented athletes


David Stewart, Regional Labour MSP, is furious that the Highlands and Islands have been excluded from plans for key sporting hubs.


As part of the re-organisation of SportScotland, announced by the Scottish Government yesterday, the Minister for Communities and Sport outlined plans for the creation of ‘hubs’ which will allow SportScotland staff to build ‘strong partnerships’ with area institutes, local authorities and governing bodies.


However, these hubs are to be located in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Aberdeen.


“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has finally acted on the future of SportScotland.


“At a time of a growing national obesity problem it is essential that the future of sport is safeguarded.


“It is also vital for all sports that keen, enthusiastic youngsters are coming through to further improve Scotland’s international performance across a range of sports and athletic disciplines,” said Mr Stewart.


“It is however, deeply disappointing that the four “hubs” identified by the government are to be in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Aberdeen.


“The omission of Inverness from the list is surprising, given it remains the fastest growing city in Scotland and is the capital of a huge geographic area.


“We have a range of talented sports people training in facilities across the north. Our local authorities and other sports bodies will be disadvantaged by their distance to the nearest hub.


“I have today written to the Minister to raise this issue as a matter of urgency.”


Written by davidstewart

January 14, 2008 at 10:05 am

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