Urban sports centres team up to promote outdoor experiences in centre of Glasgow

By Ian Marland at

Visitors and residents are being invited to sample the great outdoors in the centre of Glasgow.

Three established urban sports centres are coming together to offer joined up packages for adventure seekers.

Pinkston Watersports, Glasgow Wake Park and The Loading Bay Skatepark will team up to form a collaborative visitor experience in north Glasgow.

Pinkston water sports

Pinkston Watersports in Port Dundas is one of the three centres coming together.

The three centres are located side by side around the Forth and Clyde Canal, just 10 minutes from Glasgow city centre.

The attractions have been awarded funding from Experience Glasgow to create a unified adventure and alternative sports brand and must-visit destination for the city.


As members of Glasgow Canal Co-op, the three organisations already work closely together.

The three destinations individually offer a host of activities including kayaking, canoeing, white water rafting, stand up paddleboarding, skateboarding, BMXing and wakeboarding.


The Loading Bay Skatepark only opened last year.

Hannah Blair is the general manager at Pinkston Watersports.

She said: “The scale and quality of the sports facilities our three businesses offer are unique to Glasgow and rarely found in the heart of any city.

“Collaborating like this and coming up with new, joined-up packages will allow us to welcome more visitors than ever before and show them exactly what this exciting part of the city has to offer.

‘Brilliant experience’

“We’re like-minded organisations who want to share our passion for our sports with as many people as possible.

“We want the local community and visitors to have a brilliant experience getting stuck in and see that anyone can try a new alternative sport right here in Glasgow.

“The funding from Experience Glasgow allows us to combine forces and create a digital presence that will help reach new people.


‘We’re like-minded organisations who want to share our passion for our sports with as many people as possible’

“We can’t wait to launch it.”

The Collaboration Fund is supported by Scottish Enterprise and will help the three businesses create a new shared brand and a website with online booking facilities.

It will help the attractions trial their new packages to reach new visitors from nearby, as well as UK and international visitors.