Dons legend Jim Leighton has thrown his support behind plans for a new £10 million fitness village.
Champion boxer Lee McAllister submitted an application to Aberdeen City Council to create a sports centre which would aim to help vulnerable people.
Gothenburg Great Leighton – Scotland’s most capped goalkeeper and 1983 European Cup Winners’ Cup winner with the Dons – called the plans “unique” to the area.
The facility, proposed for the former Cordyce School, would work with children and adults with disabilities, recovering cancer patients, people with mental health issues, recovering drug and alcohol addicts and the homeless.
The former goalie said: “I’m good friends with Lee and I know how much effort he has put into this.
“When you look at the benefits, it will help not just in Aberdeen, but the whole area – especially from the rehabilitation side.
“Lee asked me to get involved a year ago and I was more than happy to give my support.
“If people look at the plans, they will see all the benefits and health aspects such as the swimming pool and the pitches. There’s something in it for everyone.”
Dyce Swimming Club previously pledged its support to move its 100-strong group into the village if it gets the go-ahead. And Alister MacKinnon, founder of the North Sea Garden Mission project, has also given his approval to the proposals.
Leighton, who won 92 caps for Scotland, added: “It’s not just great for the city. I don’t know of anywhere else that does this.”
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 for the school is accepted, it would see the business expanded, with the addition of free community allotments and a horticultural classroom for groups.