Midlothian bids for £25m sports national performance centre

Shawfair, looking West towards the new SQA building

Shawfair, looking West towards the new SQA building

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Shawfair could become the home of Scotland’s first national performance centre for sport.

A combined bid from Midlothian Council and Buccleuch Property is one of six submitted for the right to host the complex, which will come with £25 million of Scottish Government funding.

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan heads the steering group charged with making the project a reality, while 12 of Scotland’s other sports bodies have expressed an interest in being part of the plan.

The facility must include a full-size indoor 3G synthetic pitch for football and other sports, three floodlit outdoor football pitches, a nine-badminton-court sports hall, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, and three or four-star hotel accommodation. It could also include an indoor beach volleyball hall, and a dojo for martial arts.

Read more on this story in the March 7 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.