A former champion golfer is the latest sports star to swing into a growing row over the future of a former Aberdeen school.
Aberdonian Paul Lawrie, who won the Open in 1999, has come out in favour of city boxer Lee McAllister’s plan for the former Cordyce school.
The Aberdeen Assassin wants to build a £10 million health and fitness village on the site which would specifically be targeted to help people help the rehabilitation of people with disabilities, cancer, alcoholism or who are homeless and others.
It would include a gym, swimming pool and football pitches.
Earlier this week former Gothenburg Great goalkeeper Jim Leighton also backed McAllister’s plans.
Lining up in the other corner is the Parkhill Garden Centre and First Endevaour LLP – who have their own plans for a £20 million scheme that would incorporate the garden centre as well as health facilities, a care home and 60 homes.
In a letter to the P&J, published today, Mr Lawrie wrote: “What particularly impresses me is that Lee sees the centre as a place to aid people of all ages with their recoveries from illnesses – stroke, heart attack, cancer, etc – as well as being a hub for sports clubs to base themselves, encouraging participation in physical activities for all age-groups.
“It’s a great opportunity for the local community in Dyce but also the surrounding areas.
“As a world-class boxer, he understands all about the importance of nutrition and diet as well as the benefits of exercise and fitness and he wants to share his knowledge and skills with others, which should be applauded.”