Community pitches in to create new sports area

A new 3G multi-purpose pitch and running track in Calderbank was officially opened at a community event on Friday 9 November

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Local school children and guests gathered to celebrate the occasion and the winners of the park naming and sign competition - Charlie Scullion, Shaye McGraith and Grant Colquhoun -  were given their prizes.

The budget for the development was £250,000 and included an allocation from Airdrie and Villages Local Area Partnership's Local Development Programme.

Councillor Jim Logue, Leader of the Council, carried out the official opening. He said: "This will become a much-loved community asset for Calderbank. It was made possible as a direct result of North Lanarkshire Council working in partnership with the local community.

"This facility will have so many positive outcomes for local school children and the wider community of Calderbank."

Extensive community consultation was done through the work of a local steering group which had representatives of New Calderbank Regeneration Group and Calderbank Environmental Group.

Sharon Scullion on behalf of the local steering group, said: "I would like to thank our local steering group, North Lanarkshire Council staff including both primary schools whose support has been tremendous. This was a project which had the community at its heart. We wanted a facility that would bring all generations together and regenerate an area within Park Road that was unused for a number of years. We now see the culmination of this project which will have a positive impact for everyone.

Fun activities were organised at the opening by North Lanarkshire Council's Active Schools team.

Mrs Johanne Gardner, Acting Head Teacher of Calderbank Primary School added "We are delighted to see the opening of the 3G pitch in Calderbank. It is a wonderful facility to bring the community together. We look forward to enhancing the children's experiences of physical activity and are sure we will see an increase in both their physical and mental wellbeing. The 3G pitch and running track is an incredible asset which will be used to support the principles of Curriculum for Excellence and enhance our interdisciplinary learning."

Mrs Sarah Bowman Head Teacher of Corpus Christi Primary School, added: "We are looking forward to the opening of the new 3G pitch and running track in Calderbank.  It will bring enhanced facilities to the village and afford our children the opportunity to try out different sports.  The new facility will encourage children to try out various athletics activities and hopefully inspire our children to become athletics stars of the future."

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