Clackmannanshire Council awarded £147,000 for sport hubs
Clackmannanshire Council has been awarded £147,000 from Sport Scotland to help it develop sport in local clubs.
The local authority wants to create "community sport hubs" at three schools in the area.
The first will be in place, based at Lornshill Academy, by this autumn, followed by Alva Academy by June 2014 and then Alloa Academy by March 2015.
Community sport hubs are a Sport Scotland's scheme to ensure a legacy from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
It is hoped the hubs will increase the number of people of all ages participating in sport in communities across Clackmannanshire.
The initiative is designed to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations.
They will also provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities in the area.
Education, Sport and Leisure Convener, Councillor Ellen Forson, said: "Community sport hubs aim to provide a welcome and safe place and more opportunities for people to take part in sport.
"The hubs will be a home where a range of local sports clubs can work together and improve access for local people and sports clubs at affordable prices."
So far nine local clubs or groups have shown interest in supporting the Lornshill Academy hub, including representatives from rugby, cricket, archery, gymnastics and martial arts.
Councillor Forson added: "We are delighted with the initial response. Each hub throughout Clackmannanshire will be unique and based upon local needs."