16 Jun 2006
The High School of Dundee today unveiled its latest major development, with the official opening of the £3 million Mayfield Sports Centre.
Around 150 guests gathered to celebrate the opening, which was carried out by internationally renowned athlete Liz McColgan MBE, and witnessed by current and former sporting pupils at the High School.
Among those attending the event were representatives of some of the charitable Trusts who supported the project, and relatives of Dallas Allardice, former Head of PE and Assistant Rector of the High School, who was also an inspirational teacher and former Rugby Internationalist, and in whose memory the sports centre Games Hall has been named.
Other guests included representatives of Dundee City Council, the Universities of Dundee and Abertay, and the Chamber of Commerce. Every section of the School community was also in attendance, including the High School of Dundee Foundation, whose purpose is to raise money for facilities and bursaries; the Former Pupil sporting organisations; and the Parents' Association.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Rector of the High School of Dundee, Mike Duncan, said: "The opening of the Mayfield Sports Centre marks the culmination of more than five years of hard work, and I am proud that the finished building is a fitting testament to all those who have played a part in its creation.
"Sport is not just about achievement, although I am sure that many of our pupils will do well in their chosen disciplines. We want sport to be enjoyable, and we want to widen opportunities to play and to learn about sport. I am particularly pleased, therefore, that we will be able to make this facility available to local sporting clubs and organisations, but more importantly, through coaching programmes and summer schools, we will be able to introduce many local children - and not just our pupils - to new and exciting sports."
"As we open the doors to the Mayfield Sports Centre for the first time, it is our hope that this facility will inspire a new generation of children to grow up loving sport, and all the benefits that that brings. We are extremely grateful to Liz McColgan, herself an inspiring athlete, and to all our guests tonight, who have helped to make this opening ceremony a real celebration of sport."
The Mayfield Sports Centre encompasses the Dallas Allardice Sports Hall, which includes a large spectator gallery and is capable of accommodating trampolining, basketball, badminton, tennis, short tennis, hockey, cricket and football; a smaller gym ideal for netball, volleyball, gymnastics, aerobics, martial arts and table tennis; a dance studio catering for everything from modern and tap to Indian Classical dance; and a fitness suite. The Centre will also provide a new base for the High School PE department.
Following the official opening ceremony, guests were invited to tour the new facilities, and witness demonstrations of sport and dance performed by current High School pupils. Music for the evening was provided by string and brass ensembles from the High School music department. (Ends)