Machars community sports hub in full swing

SportsSotland’s legacy programme to the Commonwealth Games of 2014 is the Community Sports Hub programme.

In the Machars, sports clubs are coming together to benefit from this programme and form their own Community Sports Hub. The hub gives local clubs the opportunity to pool resources, promote their events, apply for funding and hold joint events as well as increase membership and share examples of good practice. Coming together in the Hub also strengthens the link between clubs, the community and the Council.

Being part of a Hub opens up avenues of funding for member clubs and the presence of the forthcoming Machars Community Sports Hub website, flyers and notice boards allows clubs to advertise their activities with greater ease than doing so on their own. Member clubs also strengthen their link to Dumfries and Galloway Council which can in turn gain them access to coach education such as first aid and child protection training as well as approving clubs for accreditation and supporting their work toward accreditation criteria.

Chair of Community and Customer Services Committee Councillor Tom McAughtrie said: “The Community Sports Hub programme has a large part to play in developing a community sport framework in the Machars. In an area of many rural communities where clubs can be widely spread, it is especially important for clubs to work together towards a common goal of maximising opportunities for residents to participate regularly in sport. The hub programme strengthens the Council’s link with sports clubs and the community which in turn, strengthens the sports infrastructure in the Machars area to achieve high quality and sustainable sporting programmes.”

The Community Sports Hub meets monthly at the Merrick Leisure Centre in Newton Stewart. If you are involved with a sports club in the Machars and would like to know more about the Community Sports Hub please contact: