New high performance centre is a knockout ahead of Glasgow 2014
An exciting £10m boxing project is set to pack a real punch in across the Nation by weighing in with a key Commonwealth Games contribution.
Previously the B-listed Olympia Theatre building in Bridgeton, the new High Performance Centre will be home to Boxing Scotland’s first ever centralised facility.
As Scotland’s governing body for boxing, Boxing Scotland will use the cutting edge facility to train and develop its best elite talent.
The centre will open today (Wednesday 29) where key stakeholders sportscotland and Clyde Gateway will proudly attend its launch.
Prior to the High Performance Centre opening, Boxing Scotland’s International Team Boxers trained in a variety of facilities across Scotland.
This centralised academy of excellence will contribute to the governing body’s vision of enabling its most promising talent to achieve world rankings and thrive through improved facilities and coach support.
Richard Thomas, Chairman of Boxing Scotland, said: “This is the culmination of three years working on the Boxing Scotland performance programme. Sports have a number of facets, but performance and the creation of champions are a BSL priority which we see as a means to grow the sport post-Glasgow 2014.
“This facility, in conjunction with our excellent coaching team, the sportscotland Institute, and the continued talent that streams from our clubs, gives boxing the best chance of increased medals and increased numbers.
“This will be the home of Scottish Champions as we look forward to building an enduring boxing dynasty.”
Supported by sportscotland, the project forms part of their initiative to provide sports facilities which will create a lasting legacy from the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland, said: “As the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow draws ever nearer, it is wonderful to see another of the fantastic facilities created in the East End of Glasgow officially opened today.
“sportscotland is committed to investing in quality facilities as part of its drive towards developing a world-class sporting system at all levels, and we were delighted to provide £250,000 towards the transformation of the Olympia.
“The facilities now available to Boxing Scotland are absolutely wonderful and will help the coaches to train the country’s next generation of champions, as well as providing an excellent base for preparing the team that will compete at the Games in the summer.”
Councillor George Redmond, Vice-Chair of Clyde Gateway, said: “The opening of this world-class training facility in the very heart of Bridgeton is another important and significant stage in the on-going regeneration of the East End.
“There has been a lot of excitement right across the local community ever since Clyde Gateway announced the plans to bring Boxing Scotland to the Olympia and on their behalf I'm delighted to welcome the athletes, coaches and officials to their new home.
“I'm sure that the Olympia will inspire and motivate the young men and women who come here to train and hopefully it will help them to achieve their aims and aspirations in their careers, beginning of course with the 2014 Commonwealth Games right here in Glasgow."
Along with the High Performance Centre, the redevelopment will house a new public library, gym and office – offering a central hub for the town and surrounding areas.
- Date published: 29 January 2014
- Date updated: 04 May 2016
- Published by: sportscotland