Jun 9 2011 by Andrew Weston, Hamilton Advertiser
FIRST Minister Alex Salmond was given a tour round Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility last week as he helped launch the new Scottish Communities League Cup.
He made the full draw for the first round of next season’s competition along with Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir and former Scotland World Cup midfielder Murdo MacLeod.
The First Minister said: “I was delighted to visit Ravenscraig and see the impressive state-of-the-art facilities first hand.
“The Scottish Government are committed to supporting the development of quality sports facilities across the whole of Scotland and has invested more than £7m in Ravenscraig.
“We can all be proud that we have delivered a real and lasting legacy for both North Lanarkshire and all of Scotland.”
Meanwhile, Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility was Highly Commended in the Community Benefit category at the recent RICS Scotland Awards 2011.
Architects Populous designed the building on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council, SportScotland and Ravenscraig Ltd., with judges agreeing that full credit should be given to the team involved in “delivering such a fantastic and well-received facility for the sports community.”
Jim McCabe, leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “This award is highly deserved.
“Ravenscraig isn’t just architecturally stunning, it’s also become a highly valued sporting resource by people living in North Lanarkshire and central Scotland.
“In just a few months since opening, it boasts a thriving gymnastics club with hundreds of members and each week more than 1000 children take part in football.
“Our athletes are also going from strength to strength due to the first class sports facilities available.”
He continued: “The facility has staged well over 100 events since opening and has been used by almost every SPL football team, with the indoor football pitch coming in really handy during last winter’s bad weather.
“It’s also been used by the Glasgow Warriors professional rugby team.”