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Following the tragic shooting at Dunblane Primary School in 1996, many people from around the world sent money along with their condolences. Whilst much of that money was distributed to families directly affected, some was designated by the donors to help the community as a whole. The money was originally collected and managed by the Primary School, The Dunblane Fund and The Stirling Observer Help Fund. Since then the remaining funds have been managed by the Dunblane Community Trust, which has educational and support aims for young people.
For several years a group of volunteers had been running a youth group in Dunblane, initially at the old TA building and subsequently from Duckburn Industrial Estate. In 1997 the TA building was bought for the community with the help of Dunblane Community Trust with a view to refurbishment. The Trust later asked the youth club volunteers to combine their project with a community sports hall – using the site of the TA Centre for a combined new project.
A sub-group from the youth club set up the Dunblane Youth Project Trust (DYPT) and began the long task of planning and building the Dunblane entre, which opened in September 2004 under the management of the new charitable organisation – the Dunblane Youth and Sports Centre Trust (Scottish Charity SC027397).
A board of volunteer Trustees – drawn from the Dunblane community – has overall responsibility for the Centre, but day to day running falls to the full time Centre Manager with their team of part time staff and an amazing army of volunteers, without whom the place simply could not function. Funding for the Centre has come largely from the Dunblane Community Trust, with a large grant from Sport Scotland Lottery Fund and additional donations from other individuals and organisations, including the Dunblane Golf Club and the No Guns Fund. This paid for the building and the equipment inside, but does not meet the running costs, which are around £240,000 per year. Although we apply for grants to help meet specific costs (like youth work salary), and also more significant infrastructure repairs and improvement, the Centre is largely dependent on income from the activities it runs. So our leisure classes, meeting room and sport hall usage fees and fundraising events all make keeping the Centre open possible.