Club hits pitch target

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

Uddingston Hockey Club’s plan to install a new synthetic pitch at Bothwell Castle Policies has taken a major step forward.

A fundraising drive to raise £150,000 among club members and friends has now reached its target figure.

The club will now press ahead with moves to secure grant funding for the remainder of the cost of the project with the aim of having the pitch ready for action by the start of next year.

After initially raising £62,000, the club last month launched a fundraising drive for the £88,000 needed to bring the amount raised by their own efforts up to the required £150,000.

That has now been achieved and formal discussions have been held with two potential grant funders to finance the bulk of the £500,000 project.

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

The 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 to be used all year round.

It would allow hockey home games 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

Club president Alan McGill said: “It’s a magnificent achievement by members, parents and friends of the club in achieving the stage one target of

“We are now proceeding to stage two which involves us going for grant funding and hopefully we will have everything in place over the next few months.

“All being well we would hope to have work started by September 2014 with a view to having the pitch in place by the start of 2015.”f 2015.”