When: Monday, 18 January 2010
Where: Borders College Campus, Netherdale, Galashiels
Time: 11:15am-12noon

Football and rugby icons John Collins and Gregor Townsend will return to their roots in the Scottish Borders on Monday  to show their support for the development of a new all-weather third generation (3G) pitch at Netherdale in Galashiels.

Townsend and Collins - two of the most inspirational sporting icons ever to come out of the Borders - are supporting the community-led partnership in their bid to bring what will be an ideal surface for both competitive football and rugby to the central Borders.

The partnership is made up of representatives from local football and rugby clubs as well as the Scottish Football Association, Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Borders College, SportScotland, Border Sport and Leisure Trust. 

All partners have invested in a feasibility study by PMR Leisure which has suggested a site at Netherdale is an ideal location for a 3G pitch to be constructed.