Uddingston hockey pitch plan gets thumbs up from sports club members

Uddingston Sports and Cricket Club

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Plans for a new synthetic hockey pitch at Bothwell Castle Polices moved a step closer this week after Uddingston Cricket & Sports Club members gave unanimous thumbs-up to accepting a £237,500 grant towards the project.

The grant was offered to the club by sportscotland as a contribution towards the construction of the synthetic water-based hockey pitch.

Details of the award were outlined and discussed at an extraordinary general meeting on Monday night.

The sportscotland cash will form a major part of the £500,000 required to finance the project.

The scheme was put to the egm for approval by the membership following individual discussions with the cricket, rugby and hockey sections.

This gave the board the agreement to take the pitch development to the next stage that will see the club collect in all money pledged by members, parents and friends of the club.

That will be added to the confirmed Sportscotland funding with the view of starting the work in spring 2015 and having it completed by the summer.

It’s planned that the new pitch will occupy the lower half of the present main rugby pitch, and vacant ground beside the cricket nets.

The aim is to 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.

The former grass hockey pitch, used as a junior rugby pitch, is to be levelled and extended to form a full sized rugby pitch.

Agreement was also given to move forward to stage two of the development that will see funding being sought for an eight-room changing block to be used by all sections of the club.

A club spokesman said it was a very exciting time for the club and the board was delighted to get the full support of the sections, members and many members of the local community.

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