A brand new £5.4 million sports facility – called the Circuit – has opened its doors in Irvine.
The impressive new facility – based at Quarry Road, Irvine – looks set to be a massive asset to North Ayrshire Council and the community.
Within the sporting element of the Circuit there’s a full-size 3G outdoor pitch for football, 9 a-side 3G indoor pitch to allow all-weather training and a 750m closed cycle loop.
The facilities were completed in August and have been used by some local groups with positive feedback. KA Leisure will operate the facilities and take bookings for the football pitches. The cycling facilities are free and open for use.
The cycling facilities are complemented by the new Active Travel Hub which opened earlier this summer and offers travel advice and bike hire at The Trinity, and training opportunities at the Circuit closed cycle loop.
Also within the same facilities is the new Circuit Enterprise Hub. This is an incubation facility for small local businesses who aspire to grow and take on their own premises within a 12 month period. It offers subsidised office accommodation for up to 12 new and ambitious early-stage growth businesses with access to business support through the Council’s Business Team that are located in the new offices.
Proposals for the improvement of pedestrian access links to the Circuit are currently being developed, including a link to the Caledonian Car Park and a pedestrian crossing on Quarry Road. Further investment proposals for the sports facilities are also being developed including the improvement of retained grass pitches alongside the all weather surfaces.
The name the Circuit came from consultation with schools, community groups and staff and reflects the site’s former use as a dog track and new use as a sporting venue. The business team also liked the name as they regularly have sparks of ideas – leading us again to circuits but this time of the electrical variety.
Councillor Alex Gallagher, Cabinet Member for Economy said: “We’re delighted that the Circuit sports hub is open, it’s a significant milestone for the local community and demonsrates the Council’s priority to regenerate the area, adding to recent investments such as the Portal and the ongoing regeneration of Irvine High Street and Bank Street. The development of the facility took a number of years as it did require the purchase of land and bids for funding from a number of sources. The development makes use of an area that was underused and will give people another reason to come into the town centre.
“We also want to support the creation and development of more small businesses, and the new enterprise hub at the Circuit is a valuable addition to the extensive suite of business support we currently provide.”
A member of the walking football team, said: “The new facilities at The Circuit are fantastic and both myself and the other guys look forward to our Walking Football sessions every week. We have had a shot of both the outdoor pitch and the indoor pitch in recent weeks and we all enjoy the surface.
He added: “Our numbers have increased since we moved to the new facility, so much so that we have had to play on the full pitch some weeks to accommodate everyone who wants to play. It’s great that we can get a shower after our game and then spend a half hour or so talking to the other players over a cup of tea and a biscuit in the reception area.”
To book the new sporting facilties, call KA Leisure on 01294 315133.