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Cockburn CentreGLASGOW’S redeveloped Cockburn Centre has been shortlisted in the Recreation category at the 2014 Biffa Awards. This awards ceremony recognises the people who transform their communities and improve the environment through Biffa Award funded projects.

This is in recognition of the £180,000 facelift, which included a new high performance sprung sports floor, state-of-the-art competition lighting and new changing facilities.

Sir Craig Reedie CBE, a former President of both BADMINTONscotland and the Badminton World Federation, was first to recognise the disused paint factory’s potential back in 1979 and it has served Glasgow’s badminton community ever since its opening in 1980.

Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said, “The Biffa Awards are a unique opportunity to reward and recognise the dedicated people who are delivering some of the excellent projects we have funded. A great deal of the projects we support have a huge and lasting impact on their local community and environment, so to be shortlisted for an award is a tremendous achievement in itself. Our judges have a difficult but exciting task ahead in choosing the winners.”

Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland added, “We are both delighted and honoured that the upgrade of our facility has been recognised in this way. We worked hard to get funding to facilitate the upgrade and we are now redoubling our efforts to ensure that we maximise benefits for the local community.”Anne Smillie BWF 2014

The Biffa Awards recognise the people who transform their communities through Biffa Award funded projects. The Cockburn Centre will now compete against three other organisations from across the country for the chance to be named winner of the ‘Recreation’ category, and receive a £2,000 prize. Winners in each of the Biffa Award categories will then compete for Overall Winner and a further £1,000 in prize money.

The Cockburn Centre project received £50,000 in funding from Biffa Award to upgrade the changing facilities. 

The Biffa Awards 2014 will be held on October 9 at London’s Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.  All of the finalists will be invited to attend a day of celebrating the enthusiasm and commitment of those who dedicate their lives to creating positive change within their community and the environment.

The Cockburn Centre is up against

  • Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, Southbank Centre, London


  • Community Synthetic Bowling Green, Bearsted and Thurnham Bowling Club, Kent


  • Lampeter RFC Community Recreation Facilities, Lampeter Rugby Football Club, Ceredigion


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