Raising the Roof on the National Curling Centre
The construction of Scotland’s National Curling Centre, at Stirling’s Sports Village, is well underway, with the roof being raised this week.
The Centre, a multi-million pound partnership investment from Stirling Council and Scotland’s national agency for sport, sportscotland, will significantly enhance curling facilities for both performance athletes and community use.
It will boost the sport in Scotland and further improve the Stirling Sports Village, capitalising on the upsurge of interest in curling following Team GB’s success at the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi.
Stirling Council’s Community and Regeneration Convenor Cllr Corrie McChord said: “We're very pleased with the progress of the Curling Centre’s construction. Stirling Council and sportscotland have worked in close partnership to plan these excellent new ice facilities and develop a comprehensive Sports, Health and Wellbeing strategy across the Stirling area. The National Curling Centre will not only provide facilities for elite curlers and raise the profile of the sport in Scotland, it will also maximise community access and have long-term benefits for the health and wellbeing of people of all ages in Stirling. We look forward to the completion of this significant addition to the Sports Village."
sportscotland Chief Executive Stewart Harris said:“The Peak has played a crucial role in the terrific success of our curlers on the world stage, including three medals from the Sochi winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2014.
"The National Curling Centre will have a huge part to play in building on that success and securing a lasting legacy for the sport. It will provide more and better opportunities not only for our high performance athletes, but critically will allow for increased community use to encourage more people to take up this dynamic sport."
RCCC Chief Executive Bruce Crawford said: “The curling community aspired to create a national centre for many years and it is great to see the building work progressing. This additional facility will help meet capacity at a time when demand is high and will see more a significant increase in volume and quality of training for the top athletes in our world-class programme, alongside people being introduced to the sport through TryCurling.com, The new Centre will be a great advantage for the sport at all levels.”
Picture copyright Julie Howden – from left to right: Cllr John Hendry, sportscotland Chief Executive Stewart Harris, Gina Aitken, Aileen Neilson, Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Convenor Cllr Neil Benny, Bruce Mouat, Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Convenor Cllr Corrie McChord.