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New Ravenscraig sports centre attracts 100,000 people

Ravenscraig Regional Sports facility
Image caption More than 100,000 people have used the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility

More than 100,000 people have used a new £32m sports centre in North Lanarkshire in the first five months since it opened to the public.

The facility, on the site of the former Ravenscraig steelworks, has full-size indoor and outdoor artificial pitches.

It also caters for athletics with a six-lane running track.

The Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, run by North Lanarkshire Leisure, was officially opened by Provost Tom Curley on Thursday.

"The new facility has proven to be a real hit," he said.

'Handy' resource

"Over 100 events have taken place, including judo, karate, athletics, badminton, gymnastics, handball, football, conferences and even a charity fun run in the football hall.

"Almost every SPL team has used the indoor football pitch - which came in really handy during the bad weather."

The British Steel works at Ravenscraig shut in 1992 and the site was cleared four years later.

The new sports facility is part of one of the largest regeneration projects in Europe.

It also includes a £70m campus for Motherwell College and 850 new houses now under construction.

The sports facility incorporates a strength and conditioning area, a multi-sports hall, a fitness gym, dance studios and a sports injuries clinic.

Funding for the new centre came from North Lanarkshire Council and Ravenscraig Ltd, with an additional £7.3m from the Scottish government, through the national sports agency, sportscotland.

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