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RCC Opens New Sports Centre in Karabash

The opening ceremony was attended by Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Boris Dubrovsky and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Russian Copper Company Igor Altushkin.

On September 18, 2017, the Russian Copper Company (RCC) opened the Metallurg multifunctional sports centre in Karabash (Chelyabinsk region), where RCC`s Karabashmed plant is located. The event was attended by Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Boris Dubrovsky, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RCC Igor Altushkin and Head of the Karabash urban district Oleg Budanov.

The Metallurg sports centre is RCC`s first project within the framework of an agreement on developing the Karabash urban district, signed by the government of Chelyabinsk region, the Municipality and RCC in February 2017 at the Sochi-2017 Russian Investment Forum Sochi.

"Social responsibility in business is a common practice for Chelyabinsk region. The Russian Copper Company is the leader in this sphere. We can see the results of our social projects. Employment is stable. The number of jobs is growing, because the enterprise is expanding and production volumes are constantly rising. Wages are increasing. And the opening of the sports centre today is a strong indication that the quality of life in Karabash is on the rise too," said Governor of Chelyabinsk region Boris Dubrovsky.

The new Metallurg centre consists of a 2,000 m2 indoor sports complex and a stadium covering an area of over 5,000 m2. The indoor area has a multifunctional playground for team sports (volleyball, basketball, mini football and tennis) and a zone for martial arts (judo, boxing, sambo). There is also a gym, fitness room, kettlebell training zone, locker rooms, showers and coaching rooms. The open arena has a football pitch with artificial grass, a street ball area and a workout area, running tracks and grandstands with 250 seats. In winter, the stadium will serve as an ice hockey pitch.

"A top priority for our social policy is improving the quality of life in the areas where RCC operates. Karabash is a very sporting city: the former Metallurg sports centre, despite being far from the town centre and having shabby infrastructure, was popular among not only the workers of the town-forming enterprise, but all the town’s residents. This was an inspiration for us, and we decided not just to repair the old sports centre, but to build a new one with better facilities. I'm convinced that everyone will find here a sporting activity to his taste," said Chairman of the Board of Directors of RCC Igor Altushkin.

Up to 200 people can enjoy sports activities simultaneously in Metallurg. The sports centre will be available for the workers of Karabashmed and their families, as well as all the residents of Karabash. Over 220 mln rubles was spent on the construction of the centre and its facilities. Metallurg is now part of a sports and recreation complex that also includes Karabashmed’s Sinegorye prophylactic centre.

A tripartite agreement on the development of the Karabash urban district, signed by Governor of the Chelyabinsk region Boris Dubrovsky, President of RCC Vsevolod Levin and Head of the Karabash municipality Oleg Budanov, stipulates a number of joint projects aimed at developing social infrastructure and improving quality of life in the town and its suburbs.

To that end, a development programme has been drawn up covering the period to 2021. It includes projects to create a healthy and comfortable environment for the local population, infrastructure modernization and support for culture and mass participation sport.

Total investment in projects under the Karabash district development programme is estimated at 3 bln rubles.

The new programme includes the construction of a new low-rise residential district Zolotaya Gorka within five years, road building and repairs, and modernization of the water supply and sewerage systems, gas pipelines and other networks. In addition to Metallurg, the renovation of a number of socially important facilities and the construction of new ones (a shopping and entertainment center, a kindergarten etc.) are planned for the future. The agenda also covers the development of leisure and recreational areas of Karabash, including an urban regeneration project in the town’s central square and waterfront.

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