New 3G Football Pitch at Beeslack

Tuesday June 28th 2016

Beeslack High School

Midlothian Council is making steady progress with its plans for a new 3G football pitch for the Penicuik community at Beeslack High School.

Currently pupils have to travel outwith the area for some physical education activities because the existing pitch at Beeslack is poor quality and not fit for purpose. A new pitch would provide much needed sports facilities for pupils at both Beeslack High School and Mauricewood Primary School. It would also benefit Penicuik Athletic Community Football Club (PACFC) and the Scottish Royal Regiment based at Glencourse.

The project has been developed following numerous discussions between the Council, members of the community, armed forces, and Sportscotland. It is expected to cost £400,000 and over £384,000 of this has already been secured from various sources. Tenders have now been received and costs will be reviewed to identify potential to reduce costs.

Cabinet member for Education Cllr Bob Constable said: “There is a clear link between engaging young people in sport and reductions in youth crime and anti-social behaviour. This new facility when completed will make a significant contribution in engaging young people in the area and also in enhancing community cohesion with the armed forces that are stationed in Penicuik.”

If all goes to plan, the new pitch is expected to be completed by the end of October 2016.

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