Sporting centre is Keith Wright’s £25m goal

With Midlothian in with a shout of hosting a £25 million national sports centre, no-one is more excited than Keith Wright, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) Development Officer at Midlothian Council.

The former Hibs ace had just returned from a trip to the Football Association’s £105 million National Football Centre in Burton Upon Trent when the Advertiser caught up with him last week.

Originally planned as a 350-acre site devoted exclusively to football, the complex south of the border has developed into a multi-sports hub.

And the prospect of Midlothian benefitting from a similar facility – should a bid to host Scotland’s first national performance centre for sport proves successful – has Keith rubbing his hands together in anticipation.

He enthused: “It’s unbelievable what they have down there – it’s a truly inspirational facility and it would be a huge boost to all local sport, not just football, if Midlothian ends up becoming the home of Scotland’s national performance centre for sport.

“We have done really well to put a strong bid together, and so we will now just have to wait and see what happens.”

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