About

The Crags is a community sports centre with a fresh approach.

A group of basketballers re-opened the Centre in January 2012 after it was closed by the local authority.

Since then, the Centre has been up and running featuring community groups like basketball, street soccer and aerial yoga.

Located in South-Central Edinburgh, the Centre consists of a large games hall, studio, social reception area and open-access outdoor pitch.

We believe in the potential of sport to develop people and build communities.

Our first year featured many highlights on the way towards the vision of a fully sustainable social enterprise.

We develop sport and physical activity beyond the mainstream.

A range of community clubs call the Crags home (they even have keys to the building). Each week we provide drop-in access and diversionary activities for young people.

During the day local schools receive prioritised access for PE classes. After-school we host classes for kids in basketball, football and dance. Our studio hosts weekly classes for adults in aerial yoga, martial arts, pole fitness, pilates and dance.

Take a look at our Impact Report 2016 to check our progress.

Background

The Centre was originally built in the early 2000s through the hard work of local people following a very long campaign.

The community organisation subsequently passed the facility to Council control and it failed as a financial proposition and a community resource, resulting in its closure in 2010. A council procurement process was won by a joint Boroughmuir Blaze Basketball Club/basketballscotland submission.

Governance

A 25 year ‘peppercorn’ lease was signed with City of Edinburgh Council by a new Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation called The Crags Community Sports Centre (SC042676).

Trustees are nominated by Boroughmuir Blaze Basketball Club, basketballscotland and Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association.

Classes for kids

We have teamed up with Active Schools and a range of different sports to offer after-school classes in activities like basketball, street-dance and football.

Classes for adults

Dance, fitness and wellbeing classes run in our bright dance studio. Weekly drop-in basketball is also available in the games hall.

Community groups and clubs

A range of community sports groups and clubs have access to the Centre. There are opportunities to try out a new club or book the Centre for your group.

Events

The Crags is a truly unique space for performances, meetings, exhibitions, workshops, productions, celebrations and shows. A central location, unique facilities and our partnership approach makes The Crags different from every other event space in Edinburgh.

Find out more

We welcome contact from community and business groups or any individuals with a question or comment. Visit our contact page.

Our Impact Report 2016 contains more information about our first year.

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation SC042676