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Para-sports to get new £9m centre at Largs

A new £9m dedicated para-sports centre is to be opened in North Ayrshire.

The existing Sport Scotland National Sport Centre at Largs is to be refurbished with fully integrated, multi-sports facilities for disabled people.

It will be suitable for athletes at both performance and community level.

The Scottish government is investing in the project as part of its work to create a lasting legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Games.

It will contribute £6m, with a further £3m coming from sportscotland, the national agency for sport.

The new centre, which will be the first of its kind anywhere in the UK, is set to be completed in 2016.

'Games heroes'

Seven of Scotland's 53 medals at the Commonwealth Games came in para-sports.

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, said: "Team Scotland para-athletes won an amazing seven medals, including three golds, at Glasgow 2014, inspiring more disabled people to take up and enjoy sport.

"This government is focused on maximising the sporting legacy of the Games and this new funding for fully-adapted accommodation will give a new generation of para-athletes the chance to train at world-class facilities and emulate their Games heroes."

Gavin McLeod, chief executive of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS), said the organisation was delighted with the "significant investment".

He added: "SDS is committed to supporting children, young people and adults with a disability to participate and compete in their chosen sport and meet their full potential.

"This investment will undoubtedly support SDS to achieve this aim."

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