A golfing champion has given his backing to an Aberdeen boxer’s plan for a £10 million community health and fitness hub.
Winner of the 1999 Open Championship Paul Lawrie has voiced his support for champion boxer Lee McAllister’s vision for the former Cordyce School at Dyce.
McAllister, dubbed the Aberdeen Assassin, wants to create a fitness complex that would help the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, cancer, alcoholism or who are homeless.
Lawrie said: “Having met Lee on a number of occasions over the past few months, and hearing about his plans for the former school site at Cordyce, I want to place on record my support of his ambitious project.
“Lee is clearly passionate about giving back to the area and communities which have supported him throughout his career and the fitness complex would certainly do that.
“What impresses me is that Lee sees the centre as a place to aid people of all ages with their recoveries from illnesses – stroke, heart attack, cancer, etc – as well as being a hub for sports clubs to base themselves, encouraging participation in physical activities for all age groups. It’s a great opportunity for the local community in Dyce and surrounding areas.”
Adding to the high-profile support are Alister MacKinnon, founder of the North Sea Garden Mission project, who has also given his approval to the proposals, as well as Dons Gothenburg Great Jim Leighton.
Lawrie said: “As a world-class boxer, Lee understands all about the importance of nutrition and diet, as well as the benefits of exercise and fitness, and he wants to share his knowledge and skills with others which should be applauded.
“I think Lee is putting together an impressive plan and I’m delighted to add my support to the long list of names getting behind him.”
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However, there is competition for the site.
Parkhill Garden Centre and Seasons Coffee Shop, which is located just off the B977, also put in an offer to Aberdeen City Council to take over the building, which was set on fire by teenagers last November.
Bosses at the garden centre cited issues with the new AWPR route as the reason behind their possible move.
If their offer is accepted, it would see expansion, with the addition of free community allotments and also a horticultural classroom for groups.