Scottish Internationalist Erin Cuthbert Opens £5.4m Sports Facilities in Irvine

Erin Cuthbert - Photo Credit: Chelsea FC
Erin Cuthbert - Photo Credit: Chelsea FC

Scottish Women’s National Team player Erin Cuthbert has officially launched the Circuit – a brand new sporting facility in the North Ayrshire town of Irvine.

Originally from Irvine, Scottish footballer Erin has made a big name for herself in recent years with her performances for both Chelsea and on the international stage with Scotland, playing most recently in the Women’s World Cup in France.

Erin was joined by Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, and officials from the Scottish Government, KA Leisure and Ashleigh Construction at the event on Monday.

The impressive new sporting facility, based at Quarry Road in Irvine is set to be a massive asset to Ayrshire.  The town centre site, which was previously under utilised and partially derelict, has been 4 years in development.  Over £8m has being invested over 2 phases of build. It is hoped the new sport and business facilities will help increase town centre footfall and support improvements to sporting and health outcomes locally. 

Guests were invited to take a tour of the new sports facilities, which include 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 local groups with positive feedback.  KA Leisure operate the facilities and take bookings for the football pitches.  The cycling facilities are free and open for use.

The Circuit Enterprise Hub represents the first phase of development. 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.

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.

Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of the Council, said: “I would like to thank Erin for taking the time of our her busy schedule to open the Circuit.  She is a great example to young people and has been a credit to the area with her success on the pitch and her work in the media off the pitch. She has been a big part of the growth in the women’s game we have seen in recent years and with facilities like these that is something we can play a part in developing further.

“Since opening, we have received really positive feedback from local groups who use the facilities and I have no doubt the Circuit will continue to successfully grow.”

To book the new sporting facilities call KA Leisure on 01294 315133.