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Olympian Kirsty Gilmour's badminton academy in takeover bid for East Kilbride community centre

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A community centre in East Kilbride is being earmarked as a new base for Olympian Kirsty Gilmour's badminton academy.South Lanarkshire Council are in talks with BASE (Badminton Academy Social Enterprise CIC) to lease Stewartfield Community Centre long term.The BASE organisation is headed by Lanarkshire's Kirsty Gilmour, the current GB#1 and two time Olympic badminton professional.The Lanarkshire Live app is available to download now.

Get all the news from your area – as well as features, entertainment, sport and the latest on Lanarkshire’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic – straight to your fingertips, 24/7.The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories, and allows you to customise your page to the sections that matter most to you.Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - iOS - Android Bothwell-born Kirsty will be in town next Sunday, November 27 to host a free badminton taster session at the venue from 2.30pm to 4.30pm where the Academy will be showcasing its takeover bid to members of the local community.The taster will be open to anyone of all ages and abilities to come along and try the racquet sport.

A BASE spokesman told Lanarkshire Live : "The reason to hold the event at Stewartfield Community Centre is that BASE would like to engage with the local community and showcase its plans, and explore how we can work with existing centre users and the local community to ensure that the centre is able to support diverse activities in addition to our proposed usage. "BASE are currently in early negotiations with South Lanarkshire Council to look at the viability of using community asset transfer legislation to obtain a long term lease which would ensure the continued

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