New Community Sports Club Celebrates Pavilion Project in Inch Park

posted 28 Sept 2009, 03:53 by South Edinburgh Net Admin   [ updated 28 Sept 2009, 04:06 ]

‘Inch by Inch we got there’

Last week Inch Park Community Sports Club (IPCSC) celebrated with the ground breaking of their new club house after a 15 year campaign led by Lismore RFC to bring community sport firmly into community hands in Inch Park, South Edinburgh.

Lismore RFC in partnership with Edinburgh South FC and Edinburgh South Cricket Club under their new charitable organisation structure as IPCSC have brought together a variety of community supporters and young sporting children as they began laying the foundations of the new £1.5m clubhouse with the help of Scotland 7s Internationalist Andrew Turnbull.

The community sports project is the first of its kind in Scotland to be undertaken wholly by the club providing best value for everyone, through a self build approach alongside its partner funders sportscotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Robertson Trust, WREN and Viridor Credits who are all delighted to be adding to the clubs major contribution to bring this multi sport community club project to fruition.

Malcolm Gillies, Chairman of IPCSC, said: “Lismore have played at Inch Park for over 50 years and had our club rooms in The Pleasance – two miles away.

“We have at last achieved our long awaited goal of creating a fantastic new clubhouse not just for rugby, but as a multi sport centre with social facilities for the whole Inch Park community, which will enable us as a club to grow and expand along with our community sporting partners.

“The three clubs all work with the local primary and secondary schools to provide curricular and extra-curricular activities, enabling this facility to become a thriving youth development base for football, cricket and rugby”.

The national agency for sport  sportscotland, who granted £450,000, have worked with IPCSC for some years and are delighted to see this project on the ground.

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, said: “sportscotland is determined to see more and better places for people to take part in sport. Our involvement in assisting the Inch Park Community Sports Club create this new community based club is central to our objective of creating stronger sports clubs and community sports hubs”.

Inch Park, currently managed by Edinburgh Leisure, is being handed over to the IPCSC under an 80-year lease for the development of the new building and overall management of the sports pitches. IPCSC will over the next few years undertake improvements also on the pitches to ensure the long term quality of play surface is provided for the clubs and community to enjoy.

The City of Edinburgh Council has invested £160,000 towards the new club house. Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Sport Convenor for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “This unique project has been in development for quite some time now and I’m delighted that this Administration has been able to help make it happen at long last. This is one of the first purpose-built community sports clubs in Scotland and is very much based on the continental model, with one shared centre offering a range of sports and activities. The club should become a real social focus for the community and will no doubt inspire people of all ages to try different sports, make new friends and keep active.”

The project will take 9 months to build and the clubs look forward to moving in to their new home in Summer 2010.