SNP To Restore Vision & Ambition In The Provision Of Sport & Leisure Opportunities

Cllr John McNally

SNP Spokesperson on sport and leisure, John McNally, has pledged to restore the sense of partnership with the community in the enhancement of sport and leisure facilities across Falkirk district.

The popular Denny Councillor points to a long list of SNP achievements between 2001 and 2007 and compares this to the inertia of the current Labour / Tory coalition.

In the six years under the SNP Falkirk district saw massive growth in sport and leisure investment is such as,

  • The £4m upgrade of Grangemouth Stadium to international athletics standard.
  • The development of the Falkirk Stadium..
  • The Denny Soccer Centre
  • Community Sport Partnerships with Falkirk and Stenhousemuir Football Clubs.
  • The provision of four new high schools with affordable lets for after school activities.
  • The ground breaking Graeme High School Soccer Academy.
  • The Helix.
  • The provision of new third generation pitches across Falkirk district.

Speaking on the SNP record and what we can expect when the SNP launches their manifesto for the forthcoming local authority elections on 16 April John McNally said,

“Under the SNP Falkirk Council had two key themes in improving the sports and leisure opportunities locally, vision and partnership.

 The scale of the SNP’s vision was massive when you consider projects such as the Helix, the Falkirk and Grangemouth Stadium Developments and the ground breaking Graeme High School Soccer Academy.

 However, these should not overshadow the equally successful partnerships that provided successful community based facilities such as the Denny Soccer Centre and community based access to Ochilview.

 When we consider the one of the  first act of the Labour / Tory coalition was to tell Sportscotland they were turning down their £3m grant towards an indoor soccer centre at Westfield we see the different levels of   ambition between the two administrations.

 On cancelling the Soccer Centre Labour and their Tory companions promised to build a plethora of third generation synthetic pitches across the length and breath of Falkirk district and failed to deliver a single pitch in the last five years.

 There are major opportunities to work in partnership with such as Bo’ness United, Camelon and Dunipace Juniors to levy in external grants for the benefit of both the clubs and the wider communities and the SNP are up to that challenge.”

 The full SNP manifesto will be unveiled on 16th of April at the Falkirk Stadium and will appear on this SNP website.


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