A 2014 sporting legacy

Celebrating in the rain are Councillor Margaret Toner and pupils and staff at Girvan Academy.
Celebrating in the rain are Councillor Margaret Toner and pupils and staff at Girvan Academy.

A major cycling project in South Ayrshire is to be launched after a £39,300 cash boost from the Scottish Government’s Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund.

The scheme is one of the first to benefit from a grant from the £10million fund to develop and revamp sports facilities throughout Scotland in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

A new mountain biking facility will be built at Girvan Academy offering everyone from beginners to experts a safe place for mountain biking.

Councillor Margaret Toner, Lifelong Learning Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: “This will be a wonderful facility for the pupils at Girvan Academy and the wider community. It will help to promote cycling and encourage people to get in the saddle and exercise which is good for physical and mental health.”

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison announced the first 24 projects to benefit and urged more Ayrshire sport and physical activity projects to apply for a share of the pot.

With projects across Scotland securing funding to build play parks, upgrade walking trails and refurbish football pitches, grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are still available. The closing date for the next round of applications will be on 1 July.

Ms Robison said: “Communities across Scotland will directly benefit from the Games with the award of this funding to upgrade facilities across the country.

“This fund allows individuals, young and old, increased access to sport and physical activity, whilst also developing the skills and experience of users, coaches and volunteers.”