While the 2013/2014 season comes to a close for the majority of the grassroots game, one club in particular will be looking forward to next season more than most. Letham FC has been given the green light for a brand new 3G pitch at Seven Acres Park, costing close to three-quarters of a million pounds.
Richard Barker, Business Development Manager at Letham Community Sports Club said, "Four years ago Ken Drummond, President of Letham Football Club had a dream to build a 3G football pitch at Seven Acres, Newhouase Road, Perth. This was largely due to the lack of training facilities for the 20 teams that make up the club.”
The new facility will replace one of the existing grass pitches which were left unusable throughout parts of the season for both games and training. The creation of the new pitch is also being seen at the club as a great way to bring the teams together.
“Due to the lack of training facilities and the size of the club, teams had to train on their own at various locations throughout Perth” said Barker. “As a result we became disengaged. The new pitch will allow us to come together not just within the club, but also within the community.”
The success of the application has come down to a lot of hard work from within the club itself and thanks to the large amount of funding that has been acquired. The £728,000 project has been provided by sportscotland (£158,000), CashBack for Communities (£180,000), Perth and Kinross Council (£85,000), Scottish Football Partnership (£40,000), Robertson Trust (£40,000), and the Garfield Weston Foundation (£25,000).
The Gannochy Trust, who were one of the first to get behind the idea, are another funder. They have contributed an incredible £200,000 to the project and Dr James Kynaston, Chairman of the Trust, said “The Trust is delighted to provide financial support for such an important area of the city. The success of this project is due to the determination of the Letham volunteers who have made a huge contribution of their time and expertise to make the project happen. We would like to wish them every success with this ambitious project.”
Barker continued, “Approval for this project finally came thanks to the support from our funders and the belief they had in the Club's vision. As a result of this some 500 plus people, from both Letham FC, Perthshire Rugby Club and the community will benefit from this.”
Work is now well underway and with six weeks of construction done, all the earthworks and drainage have been completed. Barker concluded, “As the work progresses towards completion, plans are being made for the first ball to be kicked on the new pitch on 1st September."