The new sports chief at Inverclyde Sports Centre - Barry Fleeting - has described the posting as a ‘real privilege’ and is looking forward to taking on the baton from John Kent, and delivering a modern sports centre with world class facilities.
It is exciting times for the new all inclusive sports facility which will be celebrating its first anniversary in April.
Barry, 34, has previously been Business Development Manager at Inverclyde, and has been successful in gaining the promotion to be head of both Inverclyde and Cumbrae Watersports Centre.
Barry was a graduate of Technology and Business Studies TBS, Strathclyde Business School, and joined sportscotland in 2007 as Partnership Manager, before coming to Inverclyde in March 2017 to work as Business Development Manager.
He said: “Inverclyde Sports Centre is a huge asset to the residents of Largs and North Ayrshire, and we are really keen for everyone to access the site and make full use of its world class facilities. 
"With the new Largs Campus also opening, it is a great opportunity to build a strong sporting infrastructure, and the facilities across Largs really complement each other with the Vikingar! swimming pool and the Barrfields 3G football pitch. Collectively Largs has a really strong sporting infrastructure on offer.” 
The fully-inclusive residential sports training centre includes 60 twin rooms boasting fully accessible accommodation. It includes a physical preparation area with state of the art gym equipment which is considered to be one of the best in the country including some of the very best coaching."

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Barry said: “To have a fully inclusive residential sporting facility, the only one of its kind in Europe, is massive. We recently hosted the Great Britain Boccia paralympics team, Manchester United U23s, and they tell us that they had a really positive experience. There was also the recent international match between Scotland and the Netherlands amputee football clash held in the Weir 3G indoor pitch.
“Inverclyde is a pretty special place and always has been. We want everyone who visits to have a very positive sporting experience.”
The Cumbrae Watersports Centre also offers massive opportunity, and Barry said: “At national and local level, we want to make best use of it from the marine side of tourism and it is a real asset for Cumbrae, and will be specially important with the increased investment, and the year of coast and waters coming in 2020.”