Van­dal at­tack leaves club fac­ing huge bill

Fenc­ing re­quired to pro­tect site

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Clare Damodaran

Van­dals have struck again at Blair­gowrie and Rat­tray Com­mu­nity Foot­ball Club’s Piggy Lane fa­cil­i­ties.

So­lar pan­els that power the chang­ing units for young foot­ballers have been smashed.

It is the sec­ond time in less than a year that the so­lar pan­els have been tar­geted, with the cost of the dam­age caused last sum­mer thought to be in the re­gion of £2500.

The fa­cil­i­ties, which cost £70,000 in to­tal, were un­veiled by BRCFC and the Scot­tish Foot­ball Part­ner­ship in Jan­uary last year dur­ing an open­ing cer­e­mony at­tended by deputy first min­is­ter John Swin­ney.

BRCFC chair Sandy Thom­son is hugely dis­ap­pointed by this lat­est in­ci­dent, say­ing the bro­ken so­lar pan­els can­not be re­paired and have to be re­placed.

The club have ap­plied to the Tesco Bags of Help ini­tia­tive for a grant for fenc­ing to put around the chang­ing units to pro­tect them from fur­ther dam­age.

Sandy ex­plained: “Like many other or­gan­i­sa­tions and vol­un­tary groups around the coun­try, fi­nance to im­prove and main­tain all kinds of fa­cil­i­ties is at a pre­mium these days.

“BRCFC is no ex­cep­tion and we were de­lighted to be in­formed re­cently that we have been se­lected as one of the three re­cip­i­ents in the area to be nom­i­nated for Tesco Bags of Help.

“Among many projects that the club has planned, one is to erect a fence around the boys’ and girls’ chang­ing and stor­age units at the Piggy Lane pitches.

“As reg­u­lar Blairie read­ers will re­call, not long af­ter these state-ofthe-art units were in­stalled just over a year ago the power source so­lar pan­els were van­dalised at the cost of some £2500.

“In ad­di­tion there have been oc­ca­sions when chil­dren have come out of the dress­ing rooms and stepped in dog poo, not a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence and cer­tainly not one that we want to hap­pen to vis­i­tors to the club.

“I was there­fore de­lighted that the hard work that BRCFC vice-chair Gavin Tolmie had put into the Tesco ap­pli­ca­tion has paid off and that we have been short­listed.

“The greater re­ward, how­ever, will be to see a fence erected around the units to keep them safe and se­cure for years to come for all of the kids’ teams us­ing them.

“Along­side of this, a line marker is re­quired to al­low teams to mark the pitches them­selves in­stead of hav­ing to pay Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil to have it done.

“Other projects in the pipe­line in­clude up­grad­ing the pav­il­ion at Davie Park and their fa­cil­i­ties.”

Smashed The lat­est dam­age

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