Am­bi­tious £200,000 up­grade will help trans­form ice rink

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

It is hoped a £200,000 up­grade to the home of Scot­tish curl­ing will help gen­er­ate fresh en­thu­si­asm for the sport among dis­abled ath­letes.

The ice rink at Kin­ross, which was built in 1977 as an ex­ten­sion of the Green Ho­tel, was re­launched in Novem­ber 2014 fol­low­ing a £1 mil­lion re­vamp.

The Kin­ross Curl­ing Trust, which op­er­ates the rink, is now work­ing on plans for fur­ther im­prove­ments, in­clud­ing mak­ing the lounge area more ac­ces­si­ble to dis­abled play­ers.

At present, the only way to reach the lounge is by stairs.

The trust’s project in­volves in­stalling a lift, as well as im­prov­ing the lounge en­trance and up­grad­ing chang­ing and staff fa­cil­i­ties. The en­tire up­grade will cost around £200,000, in­clud­ing £40,000 for the new lift.

Fundrais­ers have al­ready col­lected more than £80,000 and re­cently se­cured an award of £852 from the town’s com­mon good fund.

The work will help mark the 400th an­niver­sary of the Kin­ross Curl­ing Club, which uses the rink.

Coun­cil­lor Cal­lum Purves and MSP Liz Smith met mem­bers of the trust and heard more about their plans.

Mr Purves said: “I’m very op­ti­mistic that the trus­tees will be able to se­cure the re­main­ing fund­ing and look for­ward to see­ing progress.”

Ms Smith, Mid-Scot­land and Fife Tory MSP, added: “Th­ese am­bi­tious plans will trans­form the rink and make it one of the best fa­cil­i­ties in Scot­land and I hope they are able to meet their fund­ing tar­get.

“With the Win­ter Olympics fast ap­proach­ing, it is im­por­tant to seize on the public­ity to un­earth the next Eve Muir­head.”

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