Level5 arranged the launch of North Lanarkshire Council’s Sporting Hall of Fame initiative at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. Craig Brown, Neil McCann, Ian Durrant and Ricky Burns attended the event.
RAVENSCRAIG TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF CHAMPIONS BY CELEBRATING IRON WILL OF LOCAL HEROES
THE inspiring exploits of North Lanarkshire’s sporting heroes are to be celebrated in a Hall of Fame, the first of its kind in Scotland.
North Lanarkshire Council will immortalise those men and women, past and present, who achieved greatness in their chosen fields. The region has produced remarkable champions at British, European and World level, and it is only fitting that the iron will of these heroes be recognised and displayed in the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
The Hall of Fame will run the length of the main corridor of this extraordinary complex, which will soon be adorned by images of the region’s sporting heroes along with tales of their exploits.
Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility stands on the grounds of what was once the largest hot strip steel mill in Western Europe and is a thriving centre of sporting excellence. Soon everyone who passes through the entrance will be able to marvel – and perhaps even be inspired to greatness themselves – at the feats of those who demonstrated the powerful will and desire which is part of North Lanarkshire’s DNA.
It is because of those who will feature in the Hall of Fame that North Lanarkshire now has a rich sporting heritage and the Council believe it is important to recognise this through honouring the men and women who achieved great things on world stages.
The prestige of this venture – North Lanarkshire is the first regional authority to embark on such a project – is reflected within the list of those who wish to attend and help launch the Hall of Fame.
Cllr Jim Logue, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of SportScotland, Michael Jarvis and Eddie Rintoul, of Hall of Fame sponsors Albert Bartlett, and Cllr Barry McCulloch, Chair of North Lanarkshire Leisure, will all be there along with some of the biggest names in the world of Scottish sport.
North Lanarkshire’s own WBA Super Light-weight Champion Ricky Burns, and another of the Region’s finest and winner of four World Snooker Championships, John Higgins, will also be present as will Craig Brown, the last National Team Manager to guide Scotland to victory over England at Wembley and former Motherwell manager, with two of the players he chose for that famous 1999 Wembley victory, Neil McCann and Ian Durrant.
Full details on the initiative can be found here – www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/halloffame
Thanks to Keith Campbell for the use of his excellent pictures
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