On their marks for a new sports hall

The new sports hall in Pairc should cost around �600,000 to build.
The new sports hall in Pairc should cost around �600,000 to build.

A brand new Sports Hall for the South Lochs area is one step closer to reality this month as the committee in charge of the project invite tenders.

The Pairc Sports Hall committee was set up to take forward the long-term aspiration of the community to have a facility which could host sporting and large events.

Chair of the Committee, Helen Sandison said this week: “It has been a long held dream of the community to have a Hall that would be fit for purpose, but the struggle has always been the task of finding the funding to make it happen.

“With the arrival of the new Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust funding, it seems like the time could be right to make it finally happen.”

She added: “We have a really strong, committed and enthusiastic committee, made up of representatives from the community and we have recently secured charitable status.

“The plan is, after extensive consultation with the community, to build a new Hall immediately beside the Pairc School boundary.

“The Hall will be modest in size and design, trying to keep costs at a minimum wherever possible, so there will be one badminton court sized main hall, changing facilities, gym, kitchen, community room/ youth room and main foyer.”

She said a design had been drawn up for the hall but they had decided to open it up to contractors to come up with design and build tenders.

The tenders are expected to be back in by the end of this month.

“We estimate that the building costs would be around £600,000,” she said.

“We are looking to the Muaitheabhal Community Wind Farm Trust for some, the Lottery and other charitable sources for the remaining.

“We have also begun our local fundraising effort and hope to raise around £15,000 ourselves.”

The Lottery has supported many communities throughout the Western Isles over the years with different projects improving the lives of residents of all ages.

This week thanks to a £250,000 Community Spaces grant from the Big Lottery Fund , the Highland Wheeled Sports Hub project will pay for the re-development of the outdoor skatepark and BMX track facility in Bught Park, Inverness.

Highland Skate Park Association’s two year project will create a free vibrant wheeled sports facility for young people in Inverness and the Highlands to safely use.

Major improvements to the neglected Bught Park skate park and BMX track will be key to increasing the popularity of skateboard and BMX activities in Inverness and the surrounding Highland areas, giving people in the area access to a national standard facility for practice, events and competitions.

The Community Spaces Scotland scheme from the Big Lottery Fund helps rejuvenate local areas across the country.

From developing skateparks to allotments, parks and community gardens through to improving village halls and community centres, the fund will improve local spaces and places, providing somewhere better for people to come together to be healthier, happier and more active.