SB Connect Winter 2016

Big Result for 3G pitch plan

Scottish Borders Council has approved capital funding of £500,000 to contribute to the development of a third generation (3G) synthetic pitch at Netherdale in Galashiels.

This follows the announcement in March from the Scottish Government that the project is to receive £350,000 from the CashBack for Communities Programme after it was identified by the Scottish FA and sportscotland as being of strategic importance to the Scottish game. The project has now moved to the construction phase, which will see a full-size pitch and smaller training pitch in place later this year.

In June 2009, football clubs in the Galashiels area, alongside the Scottish FA South East Region, got together to investigate ways to raise funds for the creation of a 3G training facility at Netherdale. A formal group called Netherdale – the Next Generation (NTNG) was created in January 2010. This included representation from the football clubs in the town, the Scottish FA South East Region, local rugby clubs, the Scottish Rugby Union, Borders College and the Council.

Jos Ritchie, the Chairman of Gala Fairydean FC, said: “We are delighted with the announcement that the capital submission has been approved by Scottish Borders Council. This, in line with the recent announcement of funding from the Scottish FA CashBack for Communities scheme, is a tremendous boost – not only for Gala Fairydean, but also for all the original partners within NTNG. I would like to thank both the Council and the Scottish FA for their commitment and support towards this fantastic project.”

Speaking on behalf of the partnership, local businessman Mike Gray added: “NTNG is delighted that the funding, both for the initial capital costs and also a provision for future refurbishment, has been identified. This is a great project for sport in our community.

“We would also like to note the generous contribution from the Hayward Trust, of support worth £100,000 over a five-year period.”