Vandal attack leaves club facing huge bill
Fencing required to protect site
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.”
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