Work starts at Perth College Academy of Sport and Wellbeing

UHI turf cuttingDeputy first minister John Swinney was the guest of honour at a turf cutting ceremony to celebrate the commencement of a new multi-million pound Academy of Sport and Wellbeing at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth College.

The guests were joined on the Academy site by some of the College’s students and children from the nursery, based on the Crieff Road Campus, turned up to the ceremony ready to become Dixons Contractor’s youngest apprentices.

It is intended that the new facility will develop a culture of health and wellbeing in the community which will continue long after students graduate, and encourage participation in physical activity, increasing the demand for sports venues throughout Perth City and beyond.

Margaret Munckton, Principal of Perth College UHI, says of the project: “As a College and University, it’s essential that we have the best possible facilities for our students, in order to provide them with a first-class educational experience. This will be a tremendous asset to the Perth College UHI campus and also the City of Perth.”

Construction is due to be completed in Summer 2016, with the first students enjoying the facility from September 2016.

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