Hockey club pitches in at Uddingston

An Uddingston Hockey club coaching session at Uddingston Grammar
An Uddingston Hockey club coaching session at Uddingston Grammar

Work on the ambitious plan to build a new synthetic hockey pitch at Uddingston Cricket & Sports Club is expected to get under way next week.

Final confirmation of a sportscotland grant which will form a major part of the finance for the £500,000 project has now been received.

And it’s expected that work at Bothwell Castle Policies will start on Monday.

Although the project is being driven by the hocky section, all sections of the club are expected to benefit from new facilities.

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.

President Allan McGill told the club agm: “We have made amazing progress in the last three years.

“As we enter a new phase with our own pitch being in place we will continue to grow towards being fully home grown across all areas and becoming a major force in Scottish hockey at both senior and junior levels.”