Falkirk Council ready to pitch in

3G pitches at Little Kerse have already proved very popular
3G pitches at Little Kerse have already proved very popular

Plans to provide a network of all-weather pitches across the district are still on the agenda.

Falkirk Council approved a plan to install six 3G synthetic playing surfaces five years ago with sites at Grangemouth Stadium and Denny Football Centre given priority – but the players desperate to use them are still waiting.

The council has nearly £750,000 available to invest in the scheme but a row with the Scottish Football Association and funding partners sportscotland over what size the pitch at Denny should be saw the project grind to a halt.

Since 2009 commercial developments at Little Kerse, which boasts a full-size 3G pitch and four five-a-side pitches and Falkirk Football Club’s investment in a full size 3G pitch which can also be hired, have provided youth football clubs alternatives.

But councillors have been told there is still a demand to deliver what was promised and they have agreed to team up with the district’s senior and junior clubs and both local rugby clubs to hit the goal.

Maureen Campbell, chief executive of Falkirk Community Trust, told the council’s Executive: “The football and rugby community locally and nationally are keen to see growth and expansion in the number of 3G surfaces available in the area. It may be the most appropriate option for the council to fulfill its objective of having a network of 3G pitches is to encourage these clubs to submit development plans and business cases for their proposals.”

The Executive agreed the Trust prepare a detailed businss plan on the proposals.