North MSP calls on Executive to honour Commitment to Nairn Golf Centre of Excellence

18 May 2007

Labourís Highlands and Islands Regional MSP Peter Peacock has written to Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education, calling on her to quickly approve the proposals Nairn Academy to be established as a new Centre of Excellence for golf.

Mr Peacock said, "There is an excellent proposal before the Executive to establish Nairn Academy as Scotlandís first Ďgolf academy.

"Nairn Academy and Highland Council and the two local golf courses, together with the golf development manager for the Highlands and the appropriate golfing authorities had previously pulled together a firm and workable proposal.

"The Nairn proposal would be a pilot for potentially more such centres and was intended to help build golf infrastructure for young people in the build up to the Ryder Cup coming to Scotland and, in the context of Nairn, for the Curtis Cup which the Nairn Golf Club has secured.

"During the election I visited Nairn with Jack McConnell, who committed himself to supporting the proposal if he was returned as First Minister.

"This project has considerable merit and I have written to Fiona Hyslop encouraging her to give very early approval to the scheme to allow the school to try and get this up and running this year or as quickly as possible thereafter and to honour the commitment the First Minister gave."

Mr Peacock added, "I firmly believe that the proposal is excellent, will help the school locally and build a very important part of the infrastructure that young golfers in Scotland need if they are to make the most of the opportunities for participating among the best in the world and help retain Scotlandís reputation for golf in an increasingly competitive world.

This is an important project for Nairn and the Highlands and I hope that the Cabinet Secretary for Education responds quickly and positively with an unequivocal commitment to the plan."

18 May 2007



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