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Plans for 3G pitch set to benefit local schools and community

19/12/13

A new 3G rugby/football pitch is set to be built in the Dyce area of Aberdeen which will benefit local pupils and the wider community.

The new synthetic turf pitch in Central Park – Dyce Academy's playing fields – will be for the use of the school and local football and rugby clubs. The pitch will be of IRB [International Rugby Board] and FIFA 1 star or 2 star compliant making it a professional standard playing field.

Aberdeen City Council will provide 255,000 of the total cost to build the synthetic turf rugby/football pitch and 300,000 will be made available from the Scottish Government's Cashback for Communities – money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

School and community rugby/football 3G pitch suitable for training and match play.

Council officers worked with Dyce Boys Football, Dyce Amateur Football and Dyce Rugby in a partnership approach to get the Cashback for Communities funding.

Aberdeen City Council's Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Committee Councillor Jenny Laing said: "This new pitch will be a great benefit not only for pupils but also for the members of the local rugby and football clubs. We want to encourage people to be more active and I am sure that this all-weather pitch will generate further interest in these sports locally which could start at school and continue into adulthood."

Vice-convener Councillor Ross Thomson added:"We are committed to helping people become more active. Sport and PE are an essential part of education and ensuring that Aberdeen becomes a healthier city. I hope that this new 3G football and rugby pitch will enable young people and local sports groups in Dyce to have access to a fabulous facility."

As part of the conditions of the Government funding the work to build the pitch must start within 12 months of the funding award [Mon 16 Dec].