A LOCAL MP has hailed the impact of Clydebank Community Sport Hub (CCSH) following a visit to the multi-million-pound facility in Whitecrook.

Martin Docherty-Hughes spoke after meeting local groups to see first-hand how the state-of-the-art sports facility, which opened in October last year, is benefitting the community.

The site at the former Dean Street playing fields was transformed into a multi-use sports complex for Gaelic football, rugby, Tae Kwon Do, football and a range of other sporting activities as part of a £3.8 million regeneration project.

The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland invited Mr Docherty-Hughes to meet local groups including the Gaelic Athletic Association club, and the Glaschu Gaels, who train and play at the hub.

They are providing £90,000 of funding to support the facility and help develop links with schools, community groups and sports clubs.

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General manager Fred Wallace gave the West Dunbartonshire MP a tour of the facilities.

Mr Docherty-Hughes said: “It was great to see first-hand the benefits that these first-class sporting facilities are bringing to Whitecrook and the communities of Clydebank. This ambitious regeneration project now offers great opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in different sports.

“Local sports clubs like the Glaschu Gaels are running a range of projects to encourage more young people to get involved in sport, including its Gaelic4Girls programme, which aims to give girls aged eight to 12 a chance to try out Gaelic football.

“It was also great to see the summer multi-activity sports camp in action which offers good opportunities for youngsters to enjoy the benefits of these facilities during the school holidays.

“CCSH has become a real asset for the community as it approaches its first birthday and I look forward to it serving the area well for many years to come.”

A National Lottery Community Fund spokesperson said: “We were delighted to welcome Martin Docherty-Hughes MP to the amazing Clydebank Community Sport Hub. It’s a great example of how National Lottery funding is helping to develop links and partnerships within the local community in Clydebank and across West Dunbartonshire.”