Following a review in 2010 Hallhill Healthy Living Centre has been restructured, renaming itself Hallhill Sports Centre. A Company has been formed, with representatives from Dunbar Colts FC, Dunbar Utd JFC, Dunbar RFC, Dunbar Hockey Club, Dunbar Cricket Club, Dunbar Running Club and Dunbar Squash Club having a place on the Board along with 2 Local Councillor representatives and 3 community representatives. The company has been named Hallhill Ltd and has taken out a lease to operate the Centre from the owners, Dunbar Community Development Company.
This project is the first to be developed by Dunbar Community Development Company and provides a comprehensive range of sports facilities and activities to the people of Dunbar. On an unused site within the town, the community-run organisation has built a large indoor clubhouse and a range of synthetic and grass pitches, creating a facility available for use by many of the town’s sports clubs.
The model is to provide affordable sport and community facilities through a social enterprise approach – community facilities owned by the community for the community. Hallhill’s aims and objectives are to encourage every member of the community to participate in a sport or a physical activity of their choice, provide training and information on how members of the community can live a healthier lifestyle, to provide a coaching development programme to help improve the fitness and performance level of members of the community and to provide a social framework that will enhance the social cohesion of the community.
Seven sports clubs call Hallhill Sports Centre their home as well as several other sports and physical activity programmes. The aim is to create a place where anyone in Dunbar can participate in sport or physical activity.
The diverse outdoor facilities at Halhill Sports Centre include a new synthetic pitch that has been opened in 2014, 3 additional football pitches, 2 rugby pitches, a synthetic all-weather pitch for hockey, football and training as well as athletics areas, a cricket pitch and a training area.
Inside facilities range from a lounge bar, to a function hall and meeting rooms, squash courts and changing facilities.