It’s all change at football pitches

Councillor Gary O'Rorke (far, left) joins players and officials of Bullfrog AFC who are now able to use the new pavilion.
Councillor Gary O'Rorke (far, left) joins players and officials of Bullfrog AFC who are now able to use the new pavilion.

A new pavilion has been opened at the pitches in Muirhouse to complete the £160,000 upgrade of the facility by North Lanarkshire Council.

The pitches themselves were changed from a blaes surface to grass last year, but players and referees had to get changed at Wishaw Sports Centre before and after games.

A couple of local teams approached Motherwell South East and Ravencraig councillor Gary O’Rorke for help and he is delighted the pavilion has now finally been put in place.

He said: “I was approached by representatives of Bullfrog AFC and Craigneuk AFC. While the new pitch is an excellent surface the problem they had was the lack of changing facilities for the teams and referees.

“Having to change in Wishaw Sports Centre and then taking cars back and forth to Muirhouse was really quite an unacceptable position to be in.

“The pavilion was impossible to use due to the state of the building, which had been the case for at least six or seven years.

“I spent months working with council departments and external bodies in pursuit of getting this pavilion and car park up to a worthy standard.

“The council has invested £160,000 on these grounds and facilities and is money well invested as this will be a fantastic resource for thousands of local people for the many years to come.

“I would like to express my gratitude to many people both within and outwith the council, among them Michele Battersby (regeneration), Gordon Douglas (grounds’ maintenance) and Stuart McCarther (internal works) for their perseverance and help.”

Councillor O’Rorke joined Bullfrog AFC, who are the current league, league cup and divisional cup champions, at their first home game of the 2013-14 season last Thursday with the pavilion now fully functional.

Bullfrog club secretary Scott Tollan said: “We at the Bullfrog would like to thank every single person involved with helping us get use of the changing rooms once again so we can play our home games at home.

“Most of all we would like to thank councillor Gary O’Rorke, who has fought for 16 long months to get this sorted for not only us but the local community.”

Bullfrog are looking for an away sponsor, if you can help e-mail Scott