Rival hands Capital arena bid a boost

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EDINBURGH’S bid to host an elite sports coaching arena to train the next generation of Scottish athletes has been given a boost after the proposal from a rival bidder hit difficulties.

Council bosses in Stirling have been forced to distance themselves from plans led by Judy Murray and Colin ­Montgomerie to incorporate a tennis and golf academy on the edge of the city amid talk it could damage their bid for the National Performance Centre for Sport.

Less than a month after ­Stirling Council seemed to welcome the news, chief executive Bob Jack poured cold water on the tennis and golf academy plans, insisting they were “not working in partnership with Judy Murray and Colin Montgomerie” and that instead the sports are not “core ­requirements” of the centre.

It is thought that the Scottish Government’s plan to build a £25 million centre will be primarily aimed at developing successful football players.

Edinburgh is up against Stirling and Dundee in the race to host the centre, with a ­decision expected in late ­summer. Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Council have together submitted a joint bid.

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