Uddingston Hockey Club launch fundraising drive for new pitch

FUTURE PLANS: how the proposed pitch might look.
FUTURE PLANS: how the proposed pitch might look.

Uddingston Hockey Club have launched a fundraising drive to raise a further £88,000 needed to fund a new synthetic pitch at Bothwell Castle Policies.

The club has lodged an application with South Lanarkshire Council for planning permission for the pitch to be installed.

Formal discussions have been held with two potential grant funders to finance the bulk of the £500,000 project.

But the club also still needs to raise £150,000 through its own efforts to ensure the ambitious and long-awaited project goes ahead.

So far £62,000 has been raised and an appeal has gone out to club members to bridge the gap.

The club is hoping to install a water based, synthetic pitch which would provide a state-of-the-art all weather, training surface which rugby, cricket and hockey sections would will be able use all year round.

It would allow hockey home game to once again be played at the club, reducing expenditure on external pitch lets. It’s also hoped to attract new members and generate additional income streams.

Club president Alan McGill said: “The club has held formal discussions with two grant funders and are in the final submission stage to achieve significant support.

“This is a major sign of confidence in our club; however we still need to raise £150,000 to deliver the new pitch by the end of 2014.

“The clubreally needs financial support to help bridge this funding gap and, with over 160 members, and friends all over the world, we see this challenge being very achievable if we all work together.

“We would like every member to donate something towards our new pitch and, to assist, we have created some reward packages to reflect pledged donations.”

Signed pledge letters are required by April 1 with funds to be collected on August 1, once the project is underway.

Plans are available to view through the club’s website at www.uddingstonhockeyclub.co.uk.

The club held a successful youth festival at Hamilton College recently, attended by over 100 youngsters from under-10 to under-14.

And bookings are also being taken for two Easter youth camps which will be run at Uddingston Grannar School over the holidays.

They will take place from Monday to Friday, April 7-11 and April 14-18, from 10am to 3pm each day.

Cots is £10 per day and the camps are open to all boys and girls aged 5-16. All equipment is provided with outdoor wear and packed lunch required.