Excitement reached fever pitch at Castlehill Primary School, when their new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) pitch was officially opened by special guests.
The Provost, Alan Brown, was joined by Partick Thistle’s Youth Academy Head, Gerry Britton, and Kingsley the Partick Thistle mascot to cut the ribbon on the new sports facility and declare the pitch ‘open’.
Castlehill Primary is the first of eight schools to receive a new MUGA pitch as part of the Council’s £1.45m pitch replacement programme. The programme will see the replacement of all red blaes pitches at the following primary schools.
- Castlehill Primary School, Bearsden
- Baljaffray Primary School, Bearsden
- Colquhoun Park Primary School, Bearsden
- Clober Primary School, Milngavie
- Craigdhu Primary School Milngavie
- Mosshead Primary School, Milngavie
- Harestanes Primary School, Kirkintilloch
- Gartconner Primary School, Kirkintilloch
The small all weather pitch at Milngavie will also be replaced as part of the upgrade programme.
Provost Alan Brown was pleased to officially open the first of the new replacement pitches, he said, “It was great that Kingsley and coaches from Partick Thistle came along to the official opening at Castlehill, the children really got to test out their new facility with the pros. They were put through their paces by the coaches doing sports drills, something that they couldn’t have done at this time of year on their old pitch.”
He continued, “I am really pleased that this multi-purpose outdoor facility will be available to the other schools with dated blaes pitches in the near future – it will greatly enhance outdoor physical education for our young people.”
Gerry Britton said: “It was a real pleasure to be invited along to Castlehill and the new pitch was looking fantastic. Anything being done to increase sports participation in our local community is great to see and I hope that the new facility will help increase the number of boys and girls who are taking part in regular exercise.
“Who knows, we might even have seen a future Thistle star playing here today.”