Scottish national performance centre for sport to cost £25m

Shona Robison MSP

Scotland's first national performance centre for sport will be provided with up to £25m of taxpayers' money.

Councils, colleges and universities are being invited to bid for the multi-sport complex, which is due to be completed by 2016.

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan is chairing the group which has agreed the bid criteria and timetable.

Shona Robison MSP says the centre will provide "world class" facilities.

"The vision for the centre is to have outstanding facilities and specialist support services in a single place, where athletes and their coaches in Scotland can come together to train, develop and go on to get the best possible results on the international stage," explained the minister for sport.

Regan believes the centre will be "the crown jewel of the Scottish FA's performance strategy".