Pavilion funds for Thistle

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Linlithgow Thistle has received a major cash boost to help refurbish the club pavilion.

The club has received £4112 from West Lothian Council’s sporting fund grant to complete the refurbishment at Listloaning.

Thistle chairman Derek Oliver said: “We are delighted West Lothian Council has supported our vision and we are very grateful for its generosity. This injection from the council clearly demonstrates best value for the community through the reinvigoration of an otherwise disused pavilion and surrounding parks.

‘‘Listloaning is undergoing a major refurbishment project that will produce a community facility the town can be proud of.”

He said the cash will improve the pavilion, while the council has also pledged grant funding to develop seven-a-side pitches. In doing so, the club will be able to facilitate grass roots development.

Derek added: “Our aim is to open Listloaning to sporting communities within, and outwith, the town.

‘‘We aim to transform a redundant sports area into a positive - as well as providing for our own training, we will augment the town’s youth football provision through the availability of seven-a-side pitches, together with providing a safe and welcoming changing facility.

‘‘We aim to offer the facility to schools, as well as adult seven aside tournaments.”

A West Lothian Council spokesman said: “We are delighted to announce that Linlithgow Thistle AFC has been successful in securing £4,112.49 through our sporting grants fund. The improvements will enable the club to enhance facilities and develop football.”

Dave King, the council’s executive councillor for culture and leisure, added: “There are a number of improvement programmes planned in and around the Linlithgow area. We plan on consulting with community groups and residents in the near future as we strive to enhance the town’s facilities.”