Forfar Roof Truss award boost for artificial pitch

CHEQUE THAT: The presentationn of a �250 Forfar Toof Truss Company Limited award by Bill Smart (left) to Joseph Mitchell of the Forfar Community Sports Trust.'Picture by
CHEQUE THAT: The presentationn of a �250 Forfar Toof Truss Company Limited award by Bill Smart (left) to Joseph Mitchell of the Forfar Community Sports Trust.'Picture by

THE latest recipient of the monthly Forfar Roof Truss Company Limited award is a group working towards the provision of an artificial sports surface in Forfar.

The cheque for £250 was presented to Forfar Community Sports Association Limited on Friday.

The association was formed to raise funds for an artificial playing surface to be installed at the Forfar Academy campus.

“The proposed pitch will be a fenced and floodlit 2G surface and will ensure that sport can be played when the current grass pitches are unplayable due to weather conditions,” explained Joseph Mitchell in his application for the award.

“This surface is designed to allow different sports to be played on it, making the pitch multi-purpose and ensuring the maximum utilisation in all weathers.

“It is intended that football, hockey, basketball and tennis can all be played on this surface, which will also provide a training facility for rugby and athletics.”

The school pupils will have access to the facility throughout the school day, while, during evenings, weekends and school holidays the facility will be open to various community clubs such as youth and amateur football, hockey and rugby clubs as well as the general public.

The estimated cost of providing the surface is in the region of £400,000, with a percentage of the cost being met by grant funding and over £100,000 having been pledged already.

For those groups, clubs, organisations and individuals in the Forfar-Kirriemuir area unsuccessful with their application this month, the Forfar Roof Truss Company Limited sponsorship scheme continues for the remainder of the year.

Each month during the year a worthy individual or organisation will be selected to receive a £250 sponsorship cheque.

The money could be used, for example, by playgroups for equipment or outings; to provide entertainment for sheltered housing residents or books for schools; by individuals embarking on a major charity fund-raising exercise; by sporting groups seeking to purchase new gear; or by students seeking cash to fund voluntary work overseas during a gap year; the list is endless.

If you feel you or your organisation could benefit from a £250 boost you should apply in writing to “Forfar Roof Truss Company Sponsorship Project”, c/o Angus County Press Limited, 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3AH, by the last day in any given month.

Accompanying your application should be details (no more than 300 words), providing relevant background information on you or the organisation you represent and how the £250 could be used.

Repeat applications will be accepted, although successful applicants in any given month will not be re-considered during the remainder of the year.

Each month, the successful applicant will feature in an article in the “Dispatch” and “Herald”, to accompany the presentation of the cheque by a representative of Forfar Roof Truss Company Limited.

The judging panel will comprise members of the Angus County Press editorial staff - and each month the decision will be final.