The old playing fields at Dean Street in Whitecrook have been transformed into world-class sporting facility for rugby, Gaelic football, football and a range of other sports and activities.
The state-of-the-art hub boasts a full-size, floodlit, all-weather synthetic pitch, two redeveloped grass pitches, and renovated indoor sports and social spaces with room for clubs and community groups.
The Sports Hall was upgraded from the existing sports pavilion, and extended to include six team changing rooms, a social space with kitchen and bar and the Dojang – a special space for martial arts.
As well as sporting facilities, there are community allotments – with one being used by neighbouring Whitecrook Primary School – and a community garden.
The project was funded by West Dunbartonshire Council, Scottish Government, sportscotland, the Gaelic Athletic Association, Cashback for Communities, Clydebank Community Sport Hub, Social Investment Scotland, Scottish Rugby, The Robertson Trust and Barr Environmental Limited, through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.
The Big Lottery fund is providing £90,000 for revenue costs over the initial three years of operation.
Councillor Iain McLaren, the Council’s Convener for Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, cut the ribbon at the hub’s entrance on Tuesday.
He gathered with a number of the projects partners, elected members and the Consul General of Ireland in Scotland Mark Hanniffy.
Councillor McLaren said: “The Clydebank Community Sport Hub is a wonderful facility that simply can’t be matched in this area.
“The transformation of this site has been phenomenal, having gone from being almost derelict to offering an impressive range of facilities which will draw people from near and far.
“The regeneration of this site will bring huge benefits to Whitecrook and to Clydebank as a whole and these will be seen for generations to come.”
Councillor Marie McNair, Vice Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development, added: “This hub is about more than sporting facilities. It allows us as a Council to help improve our residents’ health and wellbeing, gives us a space to engage with and educate our young people, and encourages volunteering and community participation.
“It has been an exciting time watching this development progress and I can’t wait to see the space in full use.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “At sportscotland, we are committed to ensuring sporting facilities such as the Clydebank Community Sports Hub are very much part of the fabric of the local community.
“We are always looking to help strengthen projects that enhance and extend the opportunities available to community users of all ages and abilities. We are delighted to have invested in this world-class sporting facility for Clydebank and look forward to working with our partners to ensure the project delivers a lasting legacy.”
A number of local school children volunteered to be at the event to take part in demonstrations with founding and partner clubs – Clydebank Rugby Football Club, Glaschu Gaels Gaelic Football Club, GTF Taekwon Do Club and Drumchapel Amateurs.
Also in attendance was president of the Scottish Rugby Union, Dee Bradbury, and former Rugby Union player Al Kellock. The Calcutta Cup was on display during the event.