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The Inverclyde facility will transform community sport in the area, providing a flexible space for team sports


n EUROMILLIONS WINNERS FUND COMMUNITY HALL T E


he opening of a new a £1.75m indoor 3G pitch at Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs, Scotland, is set to transform community


sport in the area. Designed and built by Collinson, the 60x40m hall’s playing surface meets IRB and FIFA standards and can be configured as a single seven-a-side pitch or two five-a-side pitches using a re- tractable dividing curtain. Facilities at the centre include a spectator area and changing rooms.


Project: Indoor sports centre Client: Sportscotland By: Collinson


John Kent, Sportscotland’s principal


of the National Sports Training Centre at Inverclyde, said: “It has always been a vision of Inverclyde to have this indoor facility and this development will now


enhance opportunities for sports people from all over Scotland, as well as the local community, to come and enjoy sport in an indoor environment.” Called Weir 3G Indoor Hall, the facility has been named in recognition of local Euromillions-winning couple Christine and Colin Weir, who donated £1.5m towards the building. The Weirs, who won a total of £161m in 2011, famously supported the pro-independence Yes Scotland campaign last year – donating £5.5m to the cause.


n TENNIS COURTS POPPING UP AT A FESTIVAL NEAR YOU


ach year the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) aims to inspire more people to play tennis by creating participation festivals


at high-profile events such as the Aegon Open and Wimbledon. To increase the


Project: Temporary tennis courts Client: Lawn Tennis Association By: PopUp Arena


impact of the LTA presence at these festivals, an enhanced ‘pop-up tennis experience’ was sought that could be deployed with a rapid turnaround. During 2014 PopUpArena and the LTA


worked together to design and com- mission a temporary LTA PopUpCourt to meet the association’s requirements. PopUpArena was appointed to deliver the courts in January 2015. Adapted from PopUpArena’s interlocking


The PopUpCourt has been designed to give tennis fans a flavour of the “arena experience” 72


performance surface tile system, two specific PopUpCourts were designed to suit the different ages and abilities of participants to play mini tennis. Twelve 2m, branded sponsor stands are set up around the court giving event information, acting as crowd control and stray ball retention. The PopUpCourt is 200sq m in total which is stored and transported in a single van. The temporary court is installed in 90 minutes prior to an event start time and removed with 60 minutes. In addition, the design and colours of the PopUpCourt create an impressive visual impact and produce a “real arena” experience for fans.


sportsmanagement.co.uk issue 2 2015 © Cybertrek 2015


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