Work on new 3G Beeslack pitch 'kicks off'
Funders and contractors helped cut the first turf
Provost Joe Wallace joined the council’s Director of Education, Communities and Economy, Dr Mary Smith at Beeslack High School to cut the turf along with the Project Manager of contractor Allsports, Joe Canavan, Captain Scott Shaw, representing the Army and Maureen Sanford of Beeslack High School.
A huge thank you to all our funding partners
The provost said: “A huge thanks to all of our partners who have made this possible including our main funders, the Ministry of Defence’s Community Covenant Grant Scheme, which has contributed around half of the £400,000 costs.
“Thanks too to all our other funding partners including the national agency for sport, sportscotland, the council, Penicuik Athletic Youth Football Club and the local community. We really couldn’t have done this without you. And big thank you also goes to local resident and Lifelong Learning and Leisure Co-ordinator at the school, Maureen Sanford, who has worked tirelessly since 2012 to get this project up and running.
Pitch due to be completed by October 2016
“Due to be completed by October 2016, the pitch will provide much needed sports facilities for pupils at both Beeslack High School and Mauricewood Primary School. It will also benefit Penicuik Athletic Community Football Club (PACFC) and the Scottish Royal Regiment based at Glencorse. The pitch can be used for developmental and curriculum Hockey PE level.
Pupils currently have to travel outwith the area
“This is all fantastic news as currently pupils have to travel outwith the area for some physical education activities because the existing pitch at Beeslack is poor quality and not fit for purpose.
The provost added that the pitch will be much more than a community facility. It will help young people engage in sport, which in turn can bring numerous benefits from helping them get fit to improving attainment levels and getting them on the right track to achieve a positive destination. “
Commander of Edinburgh Garrison says the pitch will benefit wider community
Lieutenant Colonel Doug Mackay, Commander of Edinburgh Garrison said: “I am delighted that work has started on the 3G sports pitch at Beeslack Community High School, which is at the centre of the Community Football and Wider Sports Hub Project. It’s great that we can help build something like this excellent facility, which will benefit not just the school but also the local and Armed Forces communities in Penicuik. A project like this is right at the heart of the UK Armed Forces Covenant – it’s all about creating community cohesion through sport and will provide some great opportunities for working in partnership at all levels within the community, including with 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (2 SCOTS) who are of course based in Penicuik. The Midlothian Community Covenant Partners have given their full support to this application, and I would to take this opportunity to thank them for their continued support to our local Armed Forces community.”
sportscotland delighted to invest £66,250 in 'terrific project'
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland said: “sportscotland is committed to building a world-class sporting system at all levels in Scotland and providing access to quality facilities such as the new 3G pitch at Beeslack plays an important part in delivering on that aim.
“However, the pitch is only part of what is being created here. By bringing together schools, clubs and the local community we can deliver more and better sporting opportunities, encouraging participation and providing the pathways to enable people to progress in their chosen sport. That ethos is clearly the driver here and that’s why we were delighted to invest £66,250 in this terrific project.”
£30 million was allocated to the Community Covenant Grant Scheme in 2011 which was established to support the Community Covenant and to fund local projects that bring together the civilian and Armed Forces communities. The grant scheme closed in 2015 and a new Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme has since been launched.
In early 2014 £200K was awarded to Beeslack Community High School from the Community Covenant Grant Scheme.
The project intent is to establish a community football and wider sports hub to provide a modern, high quality coaching, training and playing centre at Beeslack Community High School for use by Penicuik Athletic Youth Community Football Club and other local clubs, as well as personnel from 2 SCOTS.
The Community Football and Wider Sports Hub Project was fully supported by the Midlothian Community Covenant Partners in early 2014.
The picture shows from left to right: Provost Joe Wallace, the council’s Director of Education, Communities and Economy, Dr Mary Smith, Maureen Sanford of Beeslack High School, the Project Manager of contractor Allsports, Joe Canavan, and Captain Scott Shaw, representing the Army.