Linlithgow is set to reap the benefits of crime - with news just announced that £300,000 has been earmarked to fund a new 3G synthetic pitch.
Funding of £1.8 million has been awarded through the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme for new 3G pitches, to be split between six communities in Scotland.
CashBack takes money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and reinvests it back into initiatives to divert those who are on the cusp of offending and into local communities.
This is the second wave of funding from the CashBack for Pitches fund specifically for these state-of-the-art synthetic pitches, and a focus has been given to those areas which experience anti-social behaviour and crime.
Applications for funding were invited from partnerships between local authorities and local football and rugby clubs. The bids were assessed by a panel comprising officials from sportscotland, Scottish Rugby, the Scottish FA, WREN and the Scottish Government’s Sport and Physical Activity Division.
West Lothian’s bid for Linlithgow Leisure Centre was succesful and the announcement was made last week during legacy week when people, communities and organisations across Scotland highlight the legacy of the Commonwealth Games, shining a spotlight on how programmes, projects and investment including CashBack, are improving the lives of people across Scotland.
Linlithgow constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, said: “I am delighted that Linlithgow Leisure Centre has been selected to receive £300,000 in funding as part of the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities Initiative.
“This funding is very encouraging and will allow young people in Linlithgow and surrounding towns the opportunity to further their sporting ambitions and offer them a real chance at sporting success.
“In this, the year the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland, and in the week that we celebrate the passing of the Commonwealth Baton, I can think of no better time to get young people excited and inspired by sport.
“We have a number of sporting greats from West Lothian – including golfer Stephen Gallacher – who knows who might be our next local sporting hero?”