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Providing opportunities through local sport hubs

Dean Paterson, Legacy and Community Sport Hub Lead, West Lothian Council

Sport and physical activity
Dean Paterson explains how West Lothian Council is committed to achieving an active legacy.

sportscotland has provided investment to West Lothian Council to support the development of Community Sport Hubs (CSH) within the authority since 2011, and recognises the existing CSH in Armadale as a national example of good practice.

Established in February 2012, Armadale CSH has exceeded expectations and has established a successful and sustainable sporting infrastructure for community members.

Supplying diverse sporting pathways across multiple sports has proven to compliment service improvement and has introduced a holistic approach towards community development.

A recent review of club and participation figures shows that club memberships have increased from 373 to 1807, supporting the continued growth of 31 clubs from the original 9 in 2012.

With a focus of sharing best practice and achieving similar success throughout the remaining eight wards, West Lothian has confirmed further development of the CSH project.

Phase 2 of sportscotland funding (2015/16 – 2018/19) will support the implementation of additional CSHs with Whitburn & Blackburn, Bathgate, Linlithgow, Livingston North and Fauldhouse & the Breich Valley identified as key areas.

Additional CSHs supply all community clubs, working groups and organisations with the opportunity to embrace project ownership and add value to existing infrastructures.

Connecting partners and services to achieve project success will be replicated with the West Lothian CSH Network working towards achieving key project aims.

West Lothian Council hopes there is a marked growth in participation through the promotion of community leadership and by engaging with the local community, and there will be a range of sporting opportunities to bring all appropriate partners, groups and people together.