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Following an extensive review of Cumbrae National Watersports Centre, a decision has been made to close the centre.

This has been a long consultation and we have taken the time to make a considered and informed decision. We have listened to the views of all interested parties and explored all options before reaching this decision.

sportscotland Chief Executive, Stewart Harris, said:

“While we are disappointed that Cumbrae will have to close, this review has shown us it is absolutely the right thing to do. We have explored many options and Cumbrae remaining open is no longer feasible.

“We will deliver the summer 2020 season and our staff have been working to ensure there is a full programme available.

“The main activity at Cumbrae was sailing and this is where the review was focused. We looked at the range of issues facing the future of watersports and it has become clear the focus must be on different ways of supporting development more locally across the whole of Scotland.

“The future provision of some of the educational courses for children currently offered by Cumbrae National Watersports Centre will now be run from Inverclyde National Sports Training Centre. Other training provision will be provided by the Royal Yachting Association Scotland. RYA Scotland will also be reaching out to support many more clubs in more places to help everyone get more out of boating.

“We have also considered what alternate use of the Centre could bring greater benefit to the island and we’ll work with North Ayrshire Council as we look to sell the site, in order to achieve this.

“A range of Scottish Governing Bodies have been involved in the consultation process from the beginning, in particular RYA Scotland. We will continue to work closely with RYA Scotland over the next few months to further develop plans for supporting their activities in Scotland.”


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