Whithorn project receives funding for community hib

The All Roads Lead to Whithorn project has received £100,000 to re-develop and extend the existing town hall to create a multi-activity community hub.

Wednesday, 3rd February 2021, 2:31 pm
An artist's impression of how the community hub in Whitburn will look

The cash from sportscotland’s Sport Facilities Fund is made possible thanks to National Lottery players and will see more than £1.25m invested in a total of 15 projects across the country.

Projects could apply for awards of up to £100,000 for capital projects designed to create or improve the places where people are able to take part in sport and physical activity.

The hub, which will include a boxing gym, fitness suite and multi-function space, will provide increased opportunities to participate in sport and physical activities which would otherwise be inaccessible and unaffordable in a remote, rural community.

It will also provide a home for Bravehearts Boxing Club which engages with young people, providing role models and diversionary activities which has had a positive impact on those who are struggling in education or with poor life choices.

Julia Muir Watt, company secretary from All Roads Lead to Whithorn, said: “This has been an amazing boost for our plans, especially given the health and fitness priorities for our new hall, which is aimed at accessible sport for everyone from elite athletes to complete fitness novices.

"Support from the Facilities Fund means we have been able to convince others to support us, which should enable us to put the capital works out to tender within a few weeks.”

The only other Dumfries and Galloway project to receive funding is Raydale Community Sports Hub which has also received £100,000 to deliver a New 3G synthetic grass pitch at Raydale Stadium in Gretna.

sportscotland chief executive Stewart Harris said: “The projects receiving funding demonstrate real ambition and commitment to improving the lives of their communities through sport and physical activity.

"I am delighted that we can support their work through this investment.

“It’s important to recognise that without National Lottery players this level of investment simply would not be possible so we must say a huge thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket.”