Garioch Sports Centre is the trading name of Garioch Sports Limited, a company set up by Garioch Sports Trust to manage the facilities here at Strathburn Park.
The Trust was originally formed in 1990 by four local people, interested in developing sport in the Garioch area. Plans were drawn up and with fund raising assisted by the local council, the national lottery and the help of other like minded individuals the dream progressed.
Garioch Sports Trust have been awarded a grant of £86,300 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to install energy efficient LED lighting and draught proofing measures at Garioch Sports Centre to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. The project also aims to help the local community reduce home energy use and learn more about the impacts of climate change.
* The grant awarded includes a maximum amount of £21,350 from the European Regional Development Fund.
The first facilities to be completed were the Astroturf Pitch and quarter running track which were officially opened by HRH Prince of Wales in April 1994.
Further plans were developed and this culminated in the completion of the sports centre in November 1996. The facilities at the Garioch Sports Centre are comparable to any sports centre in the North East of Scotland. Our philosophy is to provide facilities for the good of the community within the Garioch area.
The Trust is not a private concern nor is it a council run facility. It is run for the community by a body of elected persons who have a general interest in providing these facilities. None of the committee are renumerated for their efforts and all of their time is given voluntarily for no financial gain.
Graeme currently lives in Inverurie and has been on the Trust since 1999 and is a Director of Garioch Sports Centre Ltd. He is also on the committee of Inverurie Loco Works FC and a member of the Inverurie Sports Development Project (ISDP).
Gordon has been chairman of GST for 4 years and served on the Trust for 8 years. Gordon is also on the committee of Inverurie Locos FC as their Highland League Rep. and also Secretary of local amateur football team Fintray Thistle. He is a past Chairman of Inverurie Round Table and West Aberdeenshire Young Farmers.
Graham joined the Trust to help build the relationship between the Centre and the local community and to provide the best facilities possible for all customers.
He is a Trustee because he has personally enjoyed the benefits of using the GSC facilities for many years and wants to play a small role in helping GST maintain and improve the facilities for the benefit of the local community and future generations.
He started with GST 15 years ago and he had what he calls “my silly idea” to have a running event and we all know the success of Run Garioch now. Keith enjoys being part of the Garioch Sports Trust as he finds it very satisfying to see our community taking more of an interest in sports and activities and a healthier lifestyle for all. We have developed and grown an enviable reputation through Scotland and further afield as being a leading Community Sports Trust which makes all associated very proud indeed.
James is Treasurer at Inverurie Loco Works FC, he joined the Trust because he is interested in sport and is keen to be involved in the development of the Sports Centre to the benefit of the Inverurie area.
Trevor the Garioch Sports Trust Committee this year following the link created by GST and the Garioch Community Sports Hub (GCSH) a charity whose aim is to promote sport in the community through club sport. Currently, Trevor is Chair and a Charity Trustee of GCSH. He enjoys most sport particularly football and at present is the President of Colony Park Juniors FC who have just been promoted to the North Region Superleague.
Over the past five years he has been a frequent user of the sports centre whether that be by using the gym or partaking in many of the classes on offer such as metafit , spinning and kettlebells.
Hannah was asked to join the trust in March 2016. She has been involved in sport in Garioch since the creation of the Garioch Community Sports Hub, and coaching throughout academy, she has been involved in Run Garioch for the past 4 years also. She enjoys seeing how the sports centre operates and finds it really useful experience to help with her degree and looks forward to finding out more about the centre and how it works in the future.
As a new Trust member I am interested in anything that improves the town in which I live and run my business. I have been involved with various local groups over the years including a long spell with Colony Park Football Club and most recently Inverurie Business Association and I am looking forward to the exciting times ahead for GST.
I have become a trustee to help our local sports venue grow and prosper. I have been associated with other local sporting organisations over the last few years. I am a local lad through and through and look forward to working with the rest of the committee for many years to come.