Published: Wednesday, 12th June 2019
Further details on the new 3G community sports pitch in Melrose have gone on display to the public.
Community drop-in session
A community drop-in session was well attended at the Greenyards last night. Local people heard about the community benefits the new all year round playing surface will provide and had the chance to ask any questions they had about the project.
3G community sports pitch project
We confirmed our support for the project earlier this month, with the new pitch being available to use for local sports clubs and schools.
We are leading this project along with Merose Rugby and support from Scottish Rugby, work is expected to begin in July and the pitch ready to use by November this year.
The project will also see new floodlighting and a spectator walkway installed. It is estimated that the facility will lead to increased participation at all levels, as has been the case in Galashiels and Hawick with similar 3G pitch partnership projects.
The facility will also assist Melrose Rugby with its aims of becoming more community focussed and sustaining its long term future.
Councillor Euan Jardine, Executive Member for Culture and Sport
“This community engagement event was another step forward for the Melrose 3G pitch project.
“The next stages will be appointment of the contractor and then the start of the works which are expected to take place in coming weeks.
“It is fantastic to think that through working with our partners we will soon have another quality all year round playing surface available in the Scottish Borders for the whole community to enjoy.”
Councillor David Parker, Council Convener
“Melrose have already carried out consultation with local schools, sports clubs and traders but it was important to provide the community with another chance to see the plans and ask any questions they had before work begin next month.
“Once the pitch is ready for use, I am sure it will replicate other 3G sport pitches installed elsewhere in the Borders, which has seen thousands of sportspeople of all ages use the facilities every year.
“The Greenyards pitch is owned by the Ormiston Trust, whose sole aim is to make sure that it provides important community facilities for all and this community investment in Melrose will certainly do that.”
Images from last night are available to download from our Flickr page.
The project has been inspired by a number of other successful 3G pitch projects involving other sports clubs in the Scottish Borders:
• Netherdale in Galashiels – the home of Gala Fairydean Rovers FC - previously hosted one game a week involving 26 players when it was a grass football pitch. Now, with a 3G surface, over 1,000 football and rugby players of all ages use the facility every week.
• In Hawick, over 13,500 people used the Volunteer Park 3G pitch in 2018/19, which was installed through a partnership project between Hawick Linden, Hawick Wanderers, Bill McLaren Ltd, sportscotland and ourselves. This figure does not include use by Hawick Linden and Hawick Wanderers rugby clubs.
Melrose Rugby has already carried out consultation with the community and stakeholders such as the Scottish Football Association, charity Live Borders, local schools, sports clubs and traders, who have been supportive of the 3G project.