Time to pitch up

Cam­bus­lang club in call for bet­ter football fa­cil­i­ties

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Will Hen­shaw

A lo­cal football team and Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil are call­ing on bet­ter foot­balling fa­cil­i­ties in the area.

Cam­bus­lang Football Club are one of the most suc­cess­ful teams in the county. Last week, the Re­former re­ported their 2000 team scooped a his­toric tre­ble.

How­ever Steve Ful­ton, who coaches the 2000 team, says they have to train at the Jock Stein Cen­tre in Hamil­ton due to a lack of suit­able ar­ti­fi­cial pitches in the area.

Steve brought his case to Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil. To­gether they ap­proached South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to see if they could take over the site of the old Peter Brown­lee pitches at Cale­do­nian Cir­cuit.

They vol­un­teered to be re­spon­si­ble for lay­ing a new pitch and its up­keep but were ul­ti­mately knocked back.

Steve said: “We have to train at Hamil­ton, we need to use a 3G pitch that’s flood­lit.

“It’s not ideal, as all our play­ers are from the Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen area, so there’s a bit of trav­el­ling that ’ s in­volved.

“We need an ar­ti­fi­cial pitch as the grass gets un­playable in win­ter.

“There’s a dis­tinct lack of fa­cil­i­ties in Cam­bus­lang or Ruther­glen. There’s the pitches at East­field, but they’re too small.

“We need at least three quar­ters of an 11s pitch for our train­ing. There are fa­cil­i­ties in East Kil­bride and Hamil­ton — so why not Ruther­glen or Cam­bus­lang?”

Trea­surer of Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil John Batchlor said: “Steve had ap­proached us be­fore re­gard­ing the lack of fa­cil­i­ties in the area and did sev­eral pre­sen­ta­tions to the com­mu­nity coun­cil. It’s some­thing we will sup­port him in.”

Alis­tair McKin­non, com­mu­nity ser­vices head of sup­port ser­vices said: “The coun­cil pro­vides a range of sports pitches of vary­ing size and sur­face type within the Cam­bus­lang / Ruther­glen area.

“These in­clude full sized sand based syn­thetic pitches at Cathkin and Stonelaw High Schools and a large seven-a-side 3G pitch at Fern­hill Com­mu­nity Cen­tre all of which are avail­able for train­ing.

“This pro­vi­sion will be ex­panded in 2017 with the de­vel­op­ment of a new full size 3rd gen­er­a­tion pitch within the new New­ton Pri­mary School cam­pus.

“A new pitch strat­egy will be pre­sented to com­mit­tee for ap­proval in Septem­ber 2015 that high­lights pro­vi­sion across South La­nark­shire and out­lines op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther 3rd gen­er­a­tion pro­vi­sion.”

There are plenty of fa­cil­i­ties in East Kil­bride and Hamil­ton, so why not Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang?

Sucess­ful The Cam­bus­lang FC 2000 team, who have to train in Hamil­ton, won a his­toric tre­ble

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