Midlothian bids for £25m sports national performance centre

Shawfair, looking West towards the new SQA building
Shawfair, looking West towards the new SQA building

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.