An Aberdeen boxing champion says he has offers from abroad to help fund a proposed £10 million sports centre project.
Lee McAllister, dubbed the Aberdeen Assassin, hopes to take over the site of Cordyce School in Dyce to create his first Assassin Health Centre.
He told the Evening Express he has been approached by investors from China, Nigeria, Dubai and Texas to help get the health centre off the ground.
Mr McAllister said: “I have a few investors looking to get on board from overseas and they would look to franchise it in their countries.
“Obviously it won’t be the full amount, which will have to come through fundraising.”
As well as initial funding, Mr McAllister says his backers are looking to launch Assassin centres across the world.
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He said: “They’re going to help me get it off the ground and Aberdeen is going to be the international hub of Assassin health and fitness village.
“We’re looking to take it to Houston, Texas, Melbourne, Australia, Dubai, China and Nigeria.”
Mr McAllister believes a worldwide fitness brand headquartered in the north-east would create opportunities for young people across the region.
He said: “We could send our kids over to their places on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Australia or America.
“We could welcome kids over here from different countries, it will work both ways.”
Mr McAllister also claims the village could provide 40 jobs to people in the local area.
Despite his background in boxing, Mr McAllister insists that the project will be “more than just a sports centre”.
He said: “We’ll have opportunities for respite care for people recovering from cancer and alcoholism. We’ll have opportunities for kids to take part in dancing and singing. So it’s not just about sports, it’s going to be a community hub.”
However, the boxer faces competition to land the school building.
Other bids include one from Parkhill Garden Centre and Seasons Coffee Shop, which is located just off the B977.
Bosses at the garden centre have cited issues with the new AWPR route as the reason behind their possible move. If the offer for the school is accepted, it would see the garden centre moved to the Riverview Drive premises.
It would also see the business expanded, with the addition of free community allotments, a horticultural classroom for groups and schools, a children’s play area and a farmers’ market.