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Lo­cal foot­ball teams join forces to sup­port pe­ti­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Lo­cal foot­ball clubs have joined forces and set up a pe­ti­tion to cam­paign for bet­ter sports fa­cil­i­ties in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Ruther­glen Burgh FC and Cam­bus­lang Foot­ball Academy are call­ing on the coun­cil to im­prove the parks at ei­ther Cathkin or Stonelaw high schools.

Lo­cal foot­ball clubs have joined forces and set up a pe­ti­tion to cam­paign for bet­ter sports fa­cil­i­ties in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Ruther­glen Burgh FC and Cam­bus­lang Foot­ball Academy are call­ing on South La­nark­shire Coun­cil to change Cathkin or Stonelaw High school’s sand 2G parks to 3G ar­ti­fi­cial grass.

They are also hop­ing for the grass pitches on To­ry­glen Road, Burn­hill, to be changed into an all-weather fa­cil­ity.

The move comes af­ter The Re­former re­ported par­ents and foot­ball clubs con­cerns about a lack of train­ing and match parks in Ruther­glen or Cam­bus­lang that can be used all-year round.

They fear the best tal­ent in the area could be forced to play for clubs else­where.

Tony MacDon­ald, coach of Ruther­glen Burgh 2006s, set the club up in April last year but they have had to switch their train­ing base from Burn­hill to Trin­ity High for the win­ter.

He said: “The parks are go­ing to waste and this is not just for us, it’s for every­one,

“We want to even­tu­ally set up a team for all age groups but it’s hard to find a space to give the kids some­where to train.

“We have had to switch train­ing to Trin­ity but last Tues­day it was over­booked and they put us on a ten­nis court.

“When we were there, there was 40 girls train­ing on a five a-side park and that’s not on.

“We want to get kids off the streets and play­ing foot­ball and do­ing some­thing they en­joy.

“We reached 100 names af­ter one day with the pe­ti­tion and we are hop­ing to get 1,000 to take to the coun­cil and, if we can, take it to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.”

Cam­bus­lang East coun­cil­lor Walter Bro­gan has been cam­paign­ing for leisure fa­cil­i­ties for a decade, par­tic­u­larly in the Half­way area.

He was in full sup­port of the pe­ti­tion but in­sists an or­gan­i­sa­tion must be set up to tackle the is­sue of a lack of sports parks and chang­ing rooms.

He said: “I have been cam­paign­ing for more sports fa­cil­i­ties for the last 10 years and also a high school. I have spo­ken to a cou­ple of foot­ball clubs and I have told them I am happy to help them in any shape or form.

“But what we need to do is get all of the clubs to­gether, and this is not just for foot­ball, it’s for all sports. The big­gest is­sue is the lack of dress­ing rooms.

“We have met with South La­nark­shire Leisure to dis­cuss the prin­ci­ple of tak­ing on foot­ball parks that are not be­ing used. And we are dis­cussing this with Half­way Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

“Sign­ing a pe­ti­tion is fan­tas­tic but what we need is an or­gan­i­sa­tion be­hind the pe­ti­tion.

“I will con­tinue press­ing for a sec­ond high school be­cause the big­ger the school, the bet­ter the fa­cil­i­ties.

“If there is any­one in­ter­ested in be­ing part of an or­gan­i­sa­tion please get in touch.”

To sign the pe­ti­tion visit https://www.gope­ti­tion.com/pe­ti­tions/more-foot­ball-fa­cil­i­ties-for-our­local-kids-and-foot­ball-clubs.html.

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