Lilleshall £6.9m expansion: Minister opens new facilities

Hugh Roberston Hugh Roberton said the centre will play a big role in preparations for the Rio Olympics in 2016

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Sports Minister Hugh Robertson has officially opened new facilities at Lilleshall national sports centre.

A £6.9m National Lottery funded expansion has recently been completed at the centre in Shropshire.

The project includes a new five-court sports hall and rehabilitation centre.

Mr Robertson said the sports centre - where athletes in numerous disciplines train - will play a big role in preparations for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

'Fantastic facility'

He said: "I have been up to Lilleshall a number of times since I have been minister and last time I came [was] before the [Olympic] Games and all these plans were being hatched and drawn up and they were planning to make this investment.

"So, the fact this has been done so successfully, the project is now delivered, it's great for British sport and great for the local community here as well.

"It will be a fantastic facility for all elite athletes that train here and great for everybody that want to play community sports as well."

Last November, a £27m specialist recovery centre for injured servicemen and women officially opened there.

The Battle Back Centre is run between the Royal British Legion and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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