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Since it opened to the public two months ago, the Aquatics Centre has had more than 40,000 visitors through its doors, with Her Royal Highness (HRH) The Duchess of Rothesay now added to this impressive list of supporters.

HRH enjoyed a diving display from award winning James Heatly, and Scottish diver Grace Reid, who are both part of Team Scotland Aquatics Squad for this month’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Duchess then engaged with some of the older Aquatics Centre users from the Evergreens programme, and youngsters from the Learn to Swim courses.

David Beattie, chief executive at ASV, said: “Having someone of such stature to officially open the Centre is a true testament to the quality and scale of facility we now boast. The impressive number of visitors through the doors since we opened highlights the impact the centre has already had on the sporting community, and general public in the North East and beyond.

“Attracting high profile athletes and events such as the Commonwealth Waterpolo Championships in April, Scottish Age Groups Championships last month and the Scottish Swimming team training here ahead of the Games, further highlights the standard of facilities we have on offer.”

The Aquatics Centre is a joint project between the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council and sportscotland.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen said: “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Rothesay, the University of Aberdeen’s Chancellor, has officially opened the state-of-the-art Aquatics Centre. We pride ourselves on offering a world class student experience and our involvement in the Aquatics Centre reaffirms our commitment. Aberdeen Sports Village now boasts some of the best sports facilities in the country and I know our students, and the rest of the community, will take full advantage of enjoying them.”  

Leader of Aberdeen City Council Jenny Laing said: “Thanks to partnership working we have a state-of-the-art aquatic facility including a 50m swimming pool here in Aberdeen.


“Aberdeen City Council’s £8million contribution shows our commitment to this world-class facility right on our doorstep. 

“This gives local people the opportunity to participate and compete in swimming, and water sports, which in turn will help our citizens to maximise the social, educational and health benefits of physical activity.   

“Visitor numbers for the centre in the short time it has been open are phenomenal.  The Commonwealth Waterpolo Championships recently held in the centre were a huge success and showed that Aberdeen has the facilities and infrastructure to host major sporting events. 

“The 50m pool and diving facilities will also enable us to help nurture and support our local swimming and water sports stars of the future, right here in the city.  I would encourage everyone to make full use of the fabulous facility.”

Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland, said: “Since opening its doors to the public, the Aquatics Centre has already become a real asset to the North East community and it is fantastic to see this facility now being given the royal seal of approval by HRH The Duchess of Rothesay.

“The partnership between Aberdeen Sports Village, Aberdeen City Council, the University of Aberdeen, and sportscotland was crucial to the successful development of this project, as we strive to create top-class facilities across the length and breadth of Scotland.

“Our investment of £5million has helped to deliver this for Aberdeen Sports Village, and I look forward to seeing the facility develop the next generation of swimmers and divers who will aim to compete on the world stage.”

Mr Beattie continued: “There has been a fantastic buzz around the centre, and we are absolutely delighted to have had Her Royal Highness visit to officially open this truly world-class facility.

“Those with real talent on a national and international level no longer have to travel to the central belt to develop their sporting ability, and we are confident that the centre’s legacy will continue for many years to come.”

With a 50m, 10 lane Olympic Standard pool and 25m pool with 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 metre diving boards, Aberdeen Sports Village’s (ASV) world class £22m Aquatics Centre has, from concept to completion, been three years in the making.

It is one of only ten facilities in the UK with full diving facilities and platforms up to 10 metres, and has been developed to benefit everyone from world-class swimmers, training for future Olympics and Commonwealth events, to children from local schools taking a dip for the first time.