Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Richard Lochhead MSP welcomed the Chief Executive and Chair of the Moray Sports Centre to the Scottish Parliament to discuss the project with the new Sports Minister, Aileen Campbell MSP.

Kathryn Evans and Sandy Adam of Moray Sports Foundation, the charity behind the new Sports Centre, were given the opportunity to brief the Minister on the plans. Moray’s MSP set up the meeting with the Minister to discuss the development of a new sports centre in Elgin and funding opportunities for the £12m project.

Speaking after the meeting, Richard Lochhead MSP said:

“Moray is crying out for a state of the art sports centre to boost sports participation and meet local demand with all the health and social benefits that will come with that, and it was great to have the opportunity to discuss that with the Sports Minister.

“Having been involved in the campaign for improved sports facilities locally for a number of years, I am well aware of the excitement around the project and how the development would transform leisure provision in Moray.  Sandy Adam deserves enormous credit for personally committing his own time and resources to make this project happen.

“The Minister was very supportive and was clearly impressed by the plans presented by Kathryn and Sandy, who have both worked incredibly hard to get the project to this point.

“At this stage, the good news is that sportscotland have indicated they will offer their support to the Sports Centre and we now just have to wait and see what the scale of that support will be.”

Kathryn Evans has said:

“To have been given this opportunity means a great deal to Moray Sports Foundation.

“We’ve been campaigning for funding, and with a very ambitious goal of £12 million, Aileen Campbell’s support would bring us closer to our target.

“We really appreciate the Minister taking the time to look over our plans and I’m optimistic of the outcome – it would be amazing to have the Sports Minister on board with the cause.

“With this project, we have a great chance to improve sporting facilities in Moray, bring more people to the area and provide a hub that can grow with the local community for years to come.”