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GO AHEAD FOR SPORTS CENTRE

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THE FINAL piece of the puzzle for a new indoor community sports centre in Dunoon has been put in place, with a pledge of £100,000 from SportScotland.
The successful funding bid will now be put together with £100,000 from Argyll and Bute Council - which the Standard reported last year - and a further £100,000 from donations and the organisers themselves.
The money from SportScotland comes with the rider that work must be started by the end of July this year, and must be completed by December 31.


Tony Gill of Dunoon Amateur Boxing Club said: “It looks like our long journey to achieve the required funding over the last five years has come to a successful conclusion.
“We have now achieved our funding target and the building of Dunoon Community Sports Centre is very much on track to be built and completed this year.”


The funding from SportScotland requires that the new facility demonstrates a commitment to establishing and maintaining activities for inactive or under represented groups.


The plan is to engage with Boxing Scotland to re-establish a boxing base in the town.

 

The original Dunoon boxing gym was on the grounds of Dunoon Primary School.

 

Subsequently the club moved to new digs in Union Street, behind Dunoon Stadium.

 

Tony continued: “It is important to remember that this was done in tandem with the council, SportScotland, and lots of other people.
“It’s all come together, without one piece the others wouldn’t have happened.
“With the time scale we have, I would be delighted if we could have it all completed and ready to go in time for Cowal Games for a sort of handover, I think that would be a nice gesture.”

 

Dunoon’s resident stalwart boxer Jimmy McQueen is said to be ‘over the moon’ with the news.

 

“Personally, I cannot tell you how much this means to me to be able to give something back to the town, big Jimmy, and the young people of the town,” Tony added.
“Over the course of the last five years I have often thought about President Kennedy`s famous quotation, and to paraphrase it: ‘ask not what your town can do for you - ask what you can do for your town’.”

 

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: “The Council committed £100,000 to support a community wish for a sports facility, subject to the other necessary funds being raised by the boxing club.”

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