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Game on as Peebles sports facilities open

The new sports facilities at Peebles High School

The new sports facilities at Peebles High School

The new state-of-the-art sports facilities at Peebles High School have been opened to pupils and the public just 11 months after work started.

An indoor four-court games hall, general purpose hall, fitness suite, classroom and associated changing facilities have been created at the cost of £4.8million.

They are complemented by a new 2G synthetic sports pitch, sprint track and long jump track and pit.

The council spent £4.3m on the project, with sportscotland contributing £500,000.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, executive member for culture, sport, youth and communities, said: “Peebles and the surrounding areas will reap the benefits of this major investment in sport for years to come.

“These fantastic facilities are not only available to pupils during school hours but are already available for the wider community to enjoy in the evenings and at weekends.”

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, executive member for education, added: “Pupils have already started to use the new sports centre and the feedback so far has been very positive.

“We need to do all we can to help our young people, and by providing first-rate facilities like these, we can enhance the experiences offered to pupils in physical education and extra-curricular activities.”

Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT) will manage community use of the facility.

Ewan Jackson, chief executive of BSLT, said: “The new facility is perfect for hosting an extensive range of sports and activities that are suitable for all age groups, from inflatable fun, teen zone and gym sessions to football tournaments.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the wider community to the centre outwith school hours and are ready to take bookings now.”

Members of the public can book the new facilities by contacting the Gytes Leisure Centre on 01721 723688 or gytesdutymanager@bslt.org.uk.

The facilities were designed by the council’s in-house architects and were built by GRAHAM Construction, who started work in June last year.

An official opening c­eremony will take place on May 21.

 

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