Upgraded Venchie is officially opened
Football coaches help youngsters celebrate improved pitch
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