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BADMINTONscotland’s Cockburn Centre in Glasgow is to undergo a major facelift this summer.

The Centre, which is also home to the sport’s national governing body, has over 400 members and 20 clubs and the upgrade will transform the facilities at the Centre, which was originally opened in 1980.

The improvements are being made possible thanks to a £105,000 grant from sportscotland, the national agency for sport, and £50,000 from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

Initial work on the changing areas begins in early May and the centre will be closed in June and July while the remaining work is carried out.

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said today: “This is a really exciting project and will transform the Centre to the benefit of club and school players who use it.

“We are grateful for the funding from partners sportscotland and Biffa Award because without their support we could not have considered going ahead with this project. The upgrades are being made to provide better facilities for the clubs, members, tournaments and development initiatives which are based here and once the work is complete we anticipate being able to expand the Centre’s use.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting BADMINTONscotland as it strives to improve the facilities available at The Cockburn Centre.

“It is vital that we maximise the opportunities for children and young people to be involved in sport and this investment shows sportscotland’s commitment to help develop and support a world-class sporting system at all levels, which will inspire future generations to be the best they can be.”

Cath Hare, Biffa Award Acting Programme Manager, said: “Projects like this are incredibly important for local communities, which is why we look to invest in them. The works at the Cockburn Centre will improve the facilities for everyone that uses it and ensure that the community are able to use them for many years to come.”

During this season the Cockburn Centre has staged 18 tournaments and the Centre is also used for various coach education courses and line judge and referee training seminars.

The recent Easter badminton camp run by Glasgow Life was one of several junior initiatives and there have been a number of schools badminton festivals run by Active Schools.

The main upgrades will include:

* the playing surface is being replaced with a new high performance sprung sports floor with a Gerflor vinyl floor surface, upgrading it to the same standard as the flooring at the National Badminton Academy at Scotstoun where the Scotland squad trains

* the lighting is being replaced with a state of the art adjustable lighting system providing 750 Lux competition standard lighting

* full refurbishment of male & female changing facilities and improvement of the ventilation systems within the changing areas

* Upgrade of the heating and hot water system

The Cockburn Centre originally opened for play on 8 April 1980, thanks mainly to the efforts of Sir Craig Reedie, a past President of BADMINTONscotland.

Sir Craig originally saw the potential of the disused paint factory in 1979 and was the driving force behind the project, negotiating with landlords, obtaining grants and overseeing construction and renovations.

For further information contact BADMINTONscotland on 0141 445 1218.

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