About us

sportscotland National Sports Training CentrInverclyde is an ideal retreat for training, development and competitions for governing bodies of sport, clubs and schools.

The centre, fully reopened in April 2017, has benefited from a £12m investment and is the first UK residential sports centre of its kind – designed for inclusivityOur world-class facilities include grass pitches, a multi-sport hall, floodlit all weather and indoor 3G surfaces, an 860m² fitness suite with performance area, fully equipped meeting rooms, on-site catering facilities and 60 fully accessible twin bedrooms.

The centre has been created with inclusivity in mind, for athletes and spectators, visitors and employees.  Wider corridors, door frames and communal areas combine with lip and step-free transitions between spaces to offer ease of movement for everyone.

Accommodation that exceeds expectations

We have 60 twin beds, all connected to the main centre building, meaning ease of movement no need for transport to get to your training destination which means more time on task. 

Accommodation at Inverclyde extends beyond current DDA mobility access requirements.  Extras include additional floor space and easy access en-suite shower facilities in every room. 

There are a number of adjoining rooms with hoists.

Seamless transitions throughout

Access routes between accommodation, ancillary areas and the indoor sports facilities are completely seamless.  Four extra-large lifts service all floors, and are designed to continue operating in emergency situations. 

Why 'Inverclyde'?

Many people ask why our National Sports Training Centre is called Inverclyde when it is based in North Ayrshire. The name doesn't relate to geography but to Lord Inverclyde, the President of the Scottish Council for Physical Recreation (SCPR), who had a vision to establish a home for Scottish sport.

In 1956 the SCPR received a grant from the King George VI Foundation to buy the Hill House Hotel and surrounding land in the seaside town of Largs.  In a beautiful setting with stunning views of the Firth of Clyde, yet still within easy reach of the central belt of Scotland, it was an ideal location to establish a residential sports training centre.

The aim to create a centre to encourage more people from all over the country to take part in physical activity and training in facilities of the highest calibre.  The centre would cater for people of all ages, occupations and abilities.  And that's what it did, and still does today.

Date published: 11 October 2016
Date updated: 24 March 2022