Edinburgh’s £47m Meadowbank Sports Centre officially opened

Pupils from St Ninian’s RC Primary take to the track with L-R Scott Haldane, chair of Edinburgh Leisure; Mel Young, chair of SportScotland; and council leader, Cammy Day.

EDINBURGH’S £47 million Meadowbank Sports Centre has been officially opened at a special ceremony.

Built by GRAHAM, the facility opened its doors to the public earlier this year prior to the official opening.

It features a range of facilities aimed at supporting physical activity, sport, health, and wellbeing for generations to come. The centre also supports accessible participation through its indoor facilities with two multi-sports halls with seating, a gym, and three large fitness studios.

Built on the site of the old Meadowbank sports centre, a wall of honour was unveiled in the atrium featuring over 45 names. It recognises the legacy and heritage of the old Meadowbank and those who have made significant contributions to Meadowbank’s past and its legacy as a sport and community venue.

Inductees include sporting heroes Chris Hoy, Lynsey Sharp, Allan Wells and Jake Wightman and sport coaches such as gymnastic coach Maggie Bissett and athletics coach Bill Walker.

Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, Cammy Day, was joined by Scott Haldane, of Edinburgh Leisure, and Mel Young, from SportScotland, to welcome partners, elected members, and representatives from sporting governing bodies, sports clubs, and wall of honour inductees at the official opening.

Cammy Day said, “I’m delighted that with our partners we have been able to provide this fantastic facility which will offer year-round opportunities for both adults and young people to take part in sport. We are committed to encouraging and enabling everyone to become more physically active and enjoy the associated benefits. It’s important for sport to be as accessible as possible for our residents and our investment in fit-for-purpose sports facilities is helping to ensure that as many people as possible can get involved in sport throughout the year.

“The wall of honour has been a great way for our citizens to pay a lasting tribute to the Meadowbank legacy and to some outstanding individuals who have made a positive impact on sport in the city and gained national and international recognition for Edinburgh. More names will be added to the wall in the future as we continue to honour those who inspire and deserve to be recognised and celebrated for years to come.”