Eilidh at Pinkston Watersports

Where sport happens

Which sporting places do the Young people's sport panel hold dear?

Hannah at Ladybank Golf Club

Ladybank Golf Club

By Hannah

Tucked away in the trees at Ladybank Golf Club is their middle practice ground.

For me it is a place of tranquility and peace where my imagination can run wild.

It promotes shot making and ultimately having fun. I can try my hand at the ‘stripe game’ - the aim is to hit the centre stripe and get maximum points possible - and also try the tricky six-hole par-3 course.

I’m looking forward to spending time there as summer approaches! 

Pinkston Watersports

By Eilidh

Pinkston Watersports is located on the outskirts of Glasgow and is Scotland’s only artificial white-water course.

Eilidh on Loch Leven in sunsetIt is an awesome little course and we are so lucky to have such a good facility in Scotland.

It is a great good stepping stone, especially for younger development athletes, between the natural rivers in Scotland and the big artificial rivers which hold selection events in Nottingham and London.

Loch Leven is not a sporting venue but is one of my favourite places to paddle in the world. It is a five-minute drive from my home and I often go for long paddles around Mary Queen of Scots Island.

From watching the sunrise in -3˚C with ice on my boat, to summer evenings paddling during the sunset (see picture), I am often the only one on the whole loch and it is a privilege to paddle here and experience such amazing scenes.

Greenock Boxing Club

By Rhys

Greenock Boxing Club

One of the places that is important to me and my sporting career is Greenock Boxing Club.

It was previously a Salvation Army hall and has been serving the community since the 1800s and still going strong. In the club there is a small compact gym.

The ring has seen many champions grace its canvas. 

Lofoten Islands, Norway

By Rhona

For me, sport can happen at home and away. I am part of a kayaking club and as part of a canal-based training programme, I got the chance to visit the Lofoten islands in Norway, in the Arctic Circle. It was the adventure of a lifetime!

This was the moment that I realised sport could take you anywhere, even somewhere no one I know had been before.

The team spirit was crucial on an expedition like this, to keep the moral up and to fuel each other. Sport brings people together, and it reminded us that we will always want to be apart of that.

Millersneuk Primary 

By Emma

Millersneuk Primary School was the place that inspired me to try sport for the first time.

There were so many opportunities to try different sports, I’ve lost count of the number of clubs I took part in over the years. I was always interested in the running club, but it was for P5-P7 only.

When I was finally old enough I was not disappointed - I loved it! The coach encouraged me to join the local running club, which I did and now I train 4 times a week.

I am so grateful for the opportunities I had at school.

I now volunteer at the running club every week and take a netball club, in the hope it encourages more children to take part in sport. 

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

By Alex

The velodrome is a world class facility that was built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow. I think it is great that we can ride on it and follow in the stars' footsteps.

Find out more

Check out the Facilities section on the sportscotland website to find out more about the places where sport happens in Scotland.  

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