1st Stage Bid for National Performance Centre

1st Stage Bid for National Performance Centre Image

CAMPERDOWN Country Park could be the location for the National Performance Centre for Sport, councillors will hear on Monday (February 11).

Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee will be asked to approve use of the south east corner of the country park for the facility if the city’s bid is successful.

A 1st Stage bid for the centre, which must be submitted by February 15, would follow months of preparation by the council and its partners to ensure the city is ahead of the game.

Councillors are being asked to agree that a part of the park would be used as the base for the centre if it comes to Dundee.

City council leader Councillor Ken Guild said: “We have appointed consultants to help shape our bid and a visit by the officers to the Football Association’s impressive venue at St George’s Park was very informative.

“The idea to use a part of Camperdown Park satisfies a number of specified key bid criteria that are being asked for and I am determined that we make Dundee’s case the best it can be.”

Environment convener Councillor Craig Melville added: “This is an imaginative proposal to offer what would be a stunning location for the national performance centre.

“We have a master plan in place for Camperdown Country Park and the centre would be a superb addition to the work that will be ongoing to improve the park over the coming years.”

The committee will be told that, following extensive analysis, the south east corner of Camperdown Country Park was deemed to be the most appropriate location. This is particularly in relation to its ability to expand in the future, as a location for a potential hotel and hotels in the vicinity, the lower associated costs with its establishment and its ability to provide all the core requirements in one location with minimal disruption to existing facilities, as well as being an accessible location.

A report to the policy and resources committee details that a 1st Stage bid will include designs for:

• One floodlit third generation (3G) synthetic grass training pitch for football and other suitable sports.
• One floodlit natural grass ‘Hampden’ sized high quality pitch for football.
• One floodlit natural grass ‘match’ pitch for football.
• Two natural grass training pitches
• Two 60 x 40m natural grass Goalkeeper training areas for football.
• Expansion area suitable for two additional pitches.

• One full size indoor 3G synthetic grass pitch for football and other suitable sports, with spectator seating for 1,000 people.
• One 9 Badminton court size Sports Hall (52 x 28 m) with spectator seating for 500 people.
• Tennis Courts
• Fitness Suite, Strength & Conditioning and other support facilities.
• Health & Wellbeing facility for various physical therapies – including hydrotherapy pools.
• Associated changing accommodation for indoor and outdoor facilities
• Office and meeting room accommodation for Scottish Governing Bodies performance staff and facility staff.
• A 3*, 90 bedroom Hotel with associated conference and catering facilities.

The report also explains that local community access is built into the bid to complement use by the football national team and other sports elite athletes, as well as facilities for educating coaches.

A Dundee steering group has been meeting to help put together the city’s bid.

The 1st Stage bid will be submitted by eight partners, with the City Council as the lead partner. The others are: the University of Dundee, University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee College, Dundee United Football Club, Dundee Football Club, NHS Tayside and Leisure & Culture Dundee.

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