FIVE city sec­on­daries to get state-of-the-art pitches £2.8M SCHOOL SPORTS BOOST

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - By CATRIONA STE­WART FULL STORY – PAGE 7

FIVE sec­ondary schools in Glas­gow are set to ben­e­fit from £2.8mil­lion new sports fa­cil­i­ties.

Coun­cil bosses will vote this week on whether to in­vest the cash in cre­at­ing state-of-the-art sports pitches.

High schools have been cho­sen where fa­cil­i­ties are in the worst con­di­tion.

FIVE sec­ondary schools in Glas­gow are to ben­e­fit from £2.8mil­lion new sports fa­cil­i­ties.

Coun­cil bosses will vote this week on whether to in­vest the cash in cre­at­ing state-ofthe-art sports pitches.

High schools have been cho­sen where fa­cil­i­ties are in the worst con­di­tion and where the lo­cal com­mu­nity can also ben­e­fit.

Coun­cil­lor Chris Cun­ning­ham, City Con­venor for Ed­u­ca­tion, Skills and Early Years, said: “This is great news for the young peo­ple and staff at the five sec­ondary schools across the city who will be able to ben­e­fit from the new, state-of-the-art sport pitches.

“The lo­cal com­mu­nity will also be able to ac­cess the new fa­cil­i­ties out with the school day.”

The coun­cil com­mit­ted £2.5m for new sports pitch fa­cil­i­ties in the sec­ondary school es­tate in the 2017 bud­get.

A sur­vey of the city’s 29 high schools was un­der­taken with schools ranked us­ing a points sys­tem to show those with the great­est need.

The five schools that ranked high­est in terms of need were: Bel­la­hous­toun Academy, St Roch’s Sec­ondary, Hill­park Sec­ondary, Smithy­croft Sec­ondary and Knightswood Sec­ondary.

Pitches will be built un­der the pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ships (PPP) ar­range­ment be­tween Glas­gow City Coun­cil and its con­tact with 3Ed Lim­ited.

3Ed Lim­ited’s con­tract man­ager Sem­pe­rian has quot- ed £2.79m for the cost of all five pitches.

Ex­tra fund­ing will come from spare cap­i­tal fund­ing of £70,000 from Knight­wood Sec­ondary School.

A short­fall of around £220,000 will be paid for from the cur­rent ed­u­ca­tion in­vest­ment pro­gramme that is see­ing re­fur­bish­ments and ren­o­va­tions to city schools.

Glas­gow Life has said there may also be ad­di­tional bud­get for Bel­la­hous­toun Academy to con­struct a hockey pitch and in­clude flood light­ing and ad­di­tional train­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

Pupils from Bel­la­hous­ton Academy are among the young­sters set to ben­e­fit from new sports fa­cil­i­ties if they are given the green light

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