Up­graded Venchie is of­fi­cially opened

Foot­ball coaches help young­sters cel­e­brate im­proved pitch

Rutherglen Reformer - - Dance 2016 - Edel Ke­nealy

Young peo­ple in West­burn cel­e­brated the end of their hard work with the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Venchie.

The pre­vi­ously run-down pitch has been trans­formed into an out­door sport and ac­tiv­ity area af­ter West­burn Youth Pro­ject led a cam­paign for the Venchie to be re­fur­bished.

Their ded­i­ca­tion saw South La­nark­shire Coun­cil dish out £2,000 from its par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get to re­turf the pitch, line it for sports and in­stall new goal­posts.

Liz Jamieson from Com­mu­nity Links, who sup­ported the young peo­ple to carry out com­mu­nity sur­veys and cre­ate a pro­posal for the up­grade, said she was de­lighted to see their am­bi­tions re­alised.

As a spe­cial thank you for their hard work she in­vited two sports coaches to at­tend the open­ing.

Kyle Lock­head and Scott Campbell from Utd Sports gave up their time to lead soc­cer ses­sions for chil­dren aged five and above and a sec­ond tots ses­sion for pre-school foot­ballers.

Fun con­tests such as beat the goalie were played, whilst par­ents and car­ers also got in on the ac­tion.

The boys kicked off the fun af­ter twin girls Char­lie and Natalie Krooks cut the rib­bon and de­clared the up­graded pitch open.

Ex­plain­ing the chil­dren now have sights set on fur­ther longterm im­prove­ments, Liz said their de­ter­mi­na­tion could lead to phase two of the Venchie im­prove­ment plan.,

She said: “They are go­ing to ask to see if they can get seats put in and a line ma­chine so one of the par­ents can do that.

“They are also look­ing at stor­age con­tain­ers for the seats and nets for the goal posts. It’s still in the process of be­ing planned, but that is phase one com­pleted.”

The of­fi­cial open­ing of the Venchie was a par­tic­u­larly spe­cial oc­ca­sion for West­burn com­mu­nity as the Venchie is among the first projects to be com­pleted us­ing par­tic­i­pa­tory bud­get fund­ing.

Of­fered up by the coun­cil and its part­ner agen­cies, the £ 72,000 fund en­cour­ages res­i­dents to think how that money can best be used to make their com­mu­nity a bet­ter and safer place for chil­dren and young peo­ple.

Plac­ing de­ci­sion mak­ing pow­ers in the hands of the com­mu­nity, res­i­dents have had the op­por­tu­nity to vote for projects they feel will best achieve these aims.

Tod­dler foot­ball Twins Thomas and Wil­liam, aged two, and coach Scott Campbell, prove you are never too young to try sport

Open Twin girls Char­lie and Natalie Crooks cut the rib­bon on the re­vamped Venchie

Train­ing Kyle Lock­head coaches lo­cal kids in foot­ball

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