Academy’s financial boost for all-weather surface

Pictured at the presentation are (from left) Laura MacKenzie, S1; head teacher Melvyn Lynch; Joe Mitchell, chair of the sports association; Kirsty Lynch, S6; Joe Robb, S6 and HebbieMcLeod, association treasurer with David Henderson, S1, handing over the cheque. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk)

Pictured at the presentation are (from left) Laura MacKenzie, S1; head teacher Melvyn Lynch; Joe Mitchell, chair of the sports association; Kirsty Lynch, S6; Joe Robb, S6 and HebbieMcLeod, association treasurer with David Henderson, S1, handing over the cheque. (Picture by photosonlocation.co.uk)

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pupils at Forfar Academy are leading the way in their support for plans to establish an all-weather pitch at the school.

On Monday Joseph Mitchell and Hebbie McLeod, chairman and treasurer respectively of the Forfar Community Sports Association, were presented with a cheque for £1,000 to help make the association’s dream of establishing a fenced and floodlit 2G surface pitch at the school a reality. The surface will allow the maximum number of different sports to be played, making the pitch truly multi-purpose and ensuring maximum utilisation in all weathers.

It is intended that football, hockey, basketball and tennis can all be played on this surface along with providing a training facility for rugby and athletics.

It is planned to locate the pitch on the Forfar Academy campus to allow it to be utilised by the school during the day. This will ensure that sport can be played when the current grass pitches are unplayable due to frost or wet weather.

Out-with school times, such as in the evenings, weekends and school holidays, the facility will be used by the various community clubs such as youth and amateur football, hockey and rugby clubs as well as the general public. It is also hoped to resurrect the old Forfar Tennis Club.

It is estimated the project will be in the region of £400,000 and it is anticipated a percentage of this will be met from grant funding (£100,000 has already been conditionally awarded by the Forfar Common Good Fund), with Forfar Community Sports Association having a goal of raising £100,000. Donations have already been received from The Dundee Sportman’s Dinner; The Rotary Club of Forfar and a private donor. Anyone wishing to make a donation via cheque can send their cheque to Hebbie McLeod, 4 Dundee Road, Letham.