Concern has been expressed this week that the planned revamp of Rothesay Pavilion could leave some island sports events in the lurch.
Fears were voiced after the depute leader of Argyll and Bute Council urged the island community to give its full backing to plans to make the restored Pavilion a major artistic and creative centre.
Responding to Ellen Morton’s comments, Henry Tait from Rothesay Brandane AFC, which organises the island’s annual indoor football competition, held at the Pavilion between November and March, said the rejection in January by Creative Scotland of a £900,000 bid for the Pavilion project could present an opportunity for sports funders to fill the gap.
“I recently took part in a survey regarding the council’s regeneration plans for the Pavilion,” Mr Tait said, “and was suprised when, reading the outline, that the questions were mainly aimed at heritage, culture, creative arts and performance. Not once was there a mention of sports.”
As well as the indoor football tournament, bowls and shinty competitions are among the sports events held at the Pavilion during the course of the year.
Mr Tait also raised his concerns at a meeting of Rothesay’s community sport hub on February 10, and was told that no other sports clubs present at the meeting had been invited to take part in the survey.
“Might I now suggest that with the funding from Creative Scotland being pulled, the trust and the people commissoned to source funding look towards SportScotland as a possible avenue?” Mr Tait continued.
“I agree with Councillor Morton that we as a community must get behind the project, because if the Pavilion was to close it would be another nail in the coffin for Bute.
“The last thing we need is the town centre jammed in between two ugly bookends, with the Royal Hotel at one end and the Pavilion at the other.”
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