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Joint Stirling Bid for National Performance Centre for Sport

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National Performance Centre for Sport
National Performance Centre for Sport

The joint bid by the University of Stirling and Stirling Council, to bring the new National Performance Centre for Sport (NPCS) to the City has now been completed.

The Stirling bid team presented its bid to the steering committee on Thursday, 8 August at Hampden Park, having previously submitted its full bid document.

Stirling's bid has been supported by a wealth of high profile backers from the worlds of sport, business and health including Wimbledon winner and local hero, Andy Murray and football legend, Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Stirling bid proposes that the NPCS, which will be a national Centre for high performance, be set on the sports campus at the University.  An iconic facility, it will support elite athletes, who have been nurtured and developed in Scotland through schools, clubs, higher education institutions and regional coaching, in a wide variety of sports and will develop the next generation of Scottish sporting talent.

In a joint statement, Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Stirling and Bob Jack, Chief Executive Officer of Stirling Council, said: "Stirling's sporting offering is unique. The City has a thriving sporting culture enhanced by an inspiring setting and continued investment in sporting infrastructure by both the University of Stirling, Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence, and by Stirling Council.

"We believe the Stirling Bid is the outstanding choice for the National Performance Centre for Sport - our location, expertise, design and ambition will ensure Scotland's athletes can deliver winning performances on the world stage.”

The NPCS design includes an indoor football centre and a Hampden-sized outdoor pitch; a nine court sports hall and a Strength and Conditioning area; complemented by sports science and physiotherapy support.

Stirling’s bid is bolstered by access to a 50m pool at the National Swimming Academy; the Scottish National Tennis Centre; a purpose-built athletics track and a new covered beach volleyball court.

Three cities have been short listed for this £25m investment, the others being Edinburgh and Dundee. The Scottish Government is due to announce the winning bid in September.

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