SB Connect Winter 2016

Hawick 3G is key to increased sports participation

Local rugby players Morgan Tait and Graeme Anderson helped mark the start of work on the 3G pitch in July

 Hawick’s new 3G sports pitch in Volunteer Park is now open for business.

The £1 million project, which has seen the Council work alongside Live Borders, sportscotland, Bill McLaren Park Ltd and Volunteer Park Sports Club group, is available for clubs and schools to use.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities, said: “The Hawick 3G pitch project has been a great example of local sports clubs working alongside various public sector organisations to ensure a site was made available for what is a first-class
sports facility.

“We have to thank the Volunteer Park Sports Club, as well as Bill McLaren Park Ltd for getting this project off the ground.

“Sports clubs and school pupils across the town will benefit from the 3G pitch. It is an all-year-round playing surface, with floodlighting, which will allow a considerable increase in participation at all levels.

“You only need to look at how Galashiels has benefited from the Netherdale 3G Arena to see how such a facility can impact on participation – around 1,200 football and rugby players of all ages use that facility each week.”

Alan Stirling of the Volunteer Park Sports Club said: “The two rugby clubs Hawick Linden and Hawick Wanderers, who form the Volunteer Park Sports Club, were extremely happy to work along with Bill McLaren Park Ltd as well as SBC and Live Borders to help bring the 3G pitch to the Volunteer Park.

“The 3G pitch will be a major factor in allowing the clubs to continue to attract players, both adult and junior, and will benefit the whole of the rugby playing community in Hawick and the wider area.”

To book the Hawick 3G pitch, contact Live Borders - www.liveborders.org.uk.