Kenny Dalglish officially opens Scotlands first regional football centre in Toryglen Glasgow

7 August 2009

Scottish footballing legend Kenny Dalglish, accompanied by Councillor Steven Purcell, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, officially opened Scotland’s first regional football centre in Toryglen, Glasgow today (Friday 7th August). Kenny also formally launched Scotland’s biggest International Youth Tournament, the Glasgow City Cup.

The £15.7 million facility houses Scotland’s first full-size indoor synthetic grass football pitch, which is built to FIFA 2 Star standards and has seating for 700 spectators. There are three further outdoor synthetic pitches and one natural grass pitch, together with changing, backroom and entertainment amenities designed to meet the demands of Scotland’s National Squads and top football teams.

Since Toryglen Regional Football Centre’s soft launch in April more than 35,000 football players from schools, local youth and adult teams, development squads and professional clubs, have enjoyed the first-class facilities. This figure equates to almost 300 users each day – a figure far in excess of initial expectations.

The 8th Glasgow City Cup International Youth Tournament is the largest event of its kind in Scotland, with 120 teams and over 2150 boys, between the ages of 13 and 21 years old, participating. Teams travel from across Scotland and throughout the UK and Europe to play in the competition. It is traditionally hosted at Glasgow Green, but from this year on it will also be played at Toryglen Regional Football Centre.

Taking his place in the centre circle Kenny Dalglish tossed a commemorative coin to decide which team kicked-off the first match of the tournament, that runs until Sunday 9th August.

Following a tour of the centre Kenny said; “I’ve really enjoyed today. It has been an honour to officially open the centre, the facilities here at Toryglen are simply first class. I wish I had the opportunity to play in a place like this when I was a boy growing up in the east end of Glasgow.

“Having recently joined Liverpool’s youth academy I’m looking to produce footballers of the future and, like in Glasgow the ongoing challenge is to provide the ideal environment for talent to flourish. To produce the best players you need to have the best facilities – the boys and girls in Glasgow certainly have those with the opening of this centre.”

Councillor Steven Purcell said: “The opening of this centre is a first for Glasgow and indeed Scotland and we should be rightly proud of this outstanding facility. The Council’s investment in Toryglen is a clear indicator of our determination to provide world-class sporting venues in the city as we move towards the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

“I'm especially pleased that the new facility will be widely used across the community as well as by professional footballers. It’s my hope that by working with a range of partners, including sportscotland and the SFA we will ensure this facility continues to make a positive contribution to the development of football and healthier living in general for everyone in Glasgow.“

Also in attendance, Louise Martin CBE, Chair of sportscotland said: “After years of planning and hard work it is great to see the new facilities built as part of the Scottish Government’s National and Regional Sports Facilities Strategy coming on stream and Toryglen is one of the first. “This important football venue, with its close proximity to Hampden, is a key training and competition facility for Glasgow and the West of Scotland. We hope these fabulous surroundings will encourage more young people to get active and help nurture our football stars of tomorrow.” Glasgow City Cup Tournament Director, Jim Smith said: “The Glasgow City Cup is a fantastic opportunity for the city’s emerging young stars to show what they are made of. As a player, there’s nothing better than testing yourself against the best teams from home and abroad.

“Last year’s event was fantastic, but thanks to the continued support we’ve received from Culture and Sport Glasgow, in making these truly first-class facilities available, it’s easy to see that 2009 is going to be the biggest and best yet.”

The facility was funded by Glasgow City Council with support from the Scottish Government, sportscotland and Landtrust. Culture and Sport Glasgow will manage the facility on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

  • The £15.7 million sports facility at Toryglen has been built to FIFA 2 Star standards, with seating for 700 spectators. There are a further 3 outdoor synthetic pitches and 1 grass pitch.
  • The FIFA recommended 2 Star for artificial turf is designed specifically to mirror the playing characteristics of professional football. FIFA final round competitions and top UEFA competitions have the FIFA recommended 2 Star in their respective competition regulations. FIFA recommended 2 Star have to go through a series of stringent laboratory and field tests before the highly respected FIFA certificate is issued.
  • The 8th Glasgow City Cup International Youth Tournament, the largest event of its kind in Scotland, is hosted by Culture and Sport Glasgow and the Scottish Youth FA West Region. The tournament will run from the 7th – 9th August 2009. For more information visit www.glasgowcitycup.org.uk
  • Toryglen Football Centre will be open Monday to Friday 10am to 10pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 9am to 10pm.
  • Football Clubs and Associations across Glasgow can now reserve a pitch and play at the new centre by calling 0141 276 0680.
Date published: 03 September 2013
Date updated: 08 August 2019

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