Encouraging signs from Bute sport hub meeting

The first gathering for the new proposed community sport hub to be established on the island showed promising indications of future cooperation and sporting development.

The meeting, headed by the recently appointed community sport hubs officer for Argyll and Bute, Jillian Gibson, took place at Bute Shinty Club last Thursday, with members and representatives from bodies such as the island’s leisure centre, sailing, rugby, cricket, shinty, and football clubs.

The initiative, funded by sportscotland and set to run until March 2015, is the first to be established in the Argyll area, with Bute the first in the region and schemes in Campbeltown, Helensburgh and Dunoon set to follow.

With many attendees eager to share their ideas, discussion and presentation periods provided the opportunity to discuss and air their opinions openly amongst one another; with developments proposed ranging from more changing rooms and all weather pitch facilities to transport discounts for clubs travelling to matches and events on the mainland as well as greater funding for training volunteers and coaches.

Reflecting on the evening’s discussions, Jillian Gibson said: “I think the potential is there for it to do anything at all. It’s a community project led by the community. I think that whatever the community is looking for I can help put that into plan.

“I would like to see it come from the community in terms of what they would like and what I can do to put that into plan for them.”

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