Club urged to pitch in for slice of cash pie

Library picture of artificial pitch.
Library picture of artificial pitch.

Local sports clubs have been invited to apply for funding to create synthetic pitches.

Falkirk Council has a £740,000 fund which could assist sports clubs to develop all weather pitches.

As well as helping to develop grass roots sports, it will provide additional amenities for local people.

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s spokesman for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “By allowing clubs to bid for the money to develop these pitches, we hope to increase community ownership and participation in sports.

“We appreciate the costs involved in developing and maintaining synthetic pitches so we expect clubs to show they can secure funding from other sources.

“These pitches are all weather, meaning the public will be able to use them all year round. They also have cheaper running costs than turf pitches.”

There is a two stage application process, with stage one being scored on the location of the pitch, facilities to be provided, financial sustainability and community benefits. The closing date for applications is May 31.

Successful applicants will be able to submit more detailed plans for stage two of the process.

The council will provide financial assistance to each shortlisted club to help prepare detailed proposals.

Any clubs interested in applying can get more information by calling 01324 506065 and asking for David Tollick or emailing david.tollick@falkirk.gov.uk