An Aberdeen boxer’s plans to create a £10 million health and fitness village have been backed by a north-east swimming club.
Boxing champion Lee McAllister has revealed his vision to open the sports facility.
He submitted an application to Aberdeen City Council to buy Cordyce School in Dyce, which was set on fire by teenagers last November.
Now Dyce Swimming Club has pledged to move its 100-strong group into the village if it gets the go-ahead.
Lee said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to learn about the ways that this new facility will help out Dyce Swimming Club.
“The response I’ve had from the communities in this area has been incredible – from Dyce to Bucksburn, Kintore, Inverurie and more.
“The sports village will be absolutely perfect for the swimming club and will give them a top-quality base and the opportunity to keep growing.”
Sean Breen, head coach for Dyce Swimming Club, added: “We have never had a proper home.
“Currently, we train in three different places – Dyce swimming pool, Bucksburn and at Aberdeen Sports Village – so this new club is a brilliant opportunity for us.
“We have grown dramatically recently.
“In the past five years we’ve gone from having 15 members to having 100.
“If we move into the new facility then we estimate we could double that to 200 within a year.”
The plans to develop the facility recently hit a stumbling block as Parkhill Garden Centre and Seasons Coffee Shop put in an offer to Aberdeen City Council to take over the former school building.
However, Lee – a Commonwealth champion nicknamed the “Aberdeen Assassin” – has vowed to continue with the venture.
He said: “I am as determined as ever to keep moving forward and build the facility at the old Cordyce School.
“Having seen the support I’ve had from the people here has made me more certain than ever that this is the right place for the sports village.
“That’s the very reason I picked this area.
“This is going to be a place not just for Aberdeen but for Aberdeenshire as well. It’s for everyone.”