Facilities for playing football continue to improve across the Scottish FA’s East region with Station Park, home of Forfar Athletic, becoming the latest ground to install a state-of-the-art 3G surface.

The pitch is funded by the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme which takes monies recovered from the proceeds of crime and invests them into free activities and programmes for young people across Scotland.

Scottish FA East regional manager Ian Lowe played a key role in accessing funding from Holyrood after being asked to identify potential projects for facility development.

He said: “The new 3G pitch at Station Park is great news for the town and for the whole local authority.

“The surface will not only allow for year round training and match facilities for Forfar Athletic and Forfar Farmington but will also act as a hub of activity for the myriad of local clubs within the non- professional game.

“Forfar has a number of youth, amateur, junior and welfare clubs that will get the opportunity to enjoy the Station Park experience in the years to come.

“The new pitch is a great example of partnership working with Forfar Athletic and Forfar Farmington working closely with Angus Council to share resource, expertise and drive to ensure that the project was delivered on time and on budget.

“The new pitch will help shape football in the town in years to come and ensure that football continues to be huge part of community life in Forfar."

Scottish FA facility manager Cameron Watt said: “This project is a great example of a community football club taking a lead role in delivering a quality facility that can be utilised by all.

“It's important to remember that this type of project can also make a significant contribution to the 'active nation' agenda and the Scottish FA is delighted to be able to play it's part in this by supporting clubs with their facility-related aspirations.”