Doe Sport (North) has secured its first contract in Golspie being funded from a £10 million fund in Scotland being offered to sports organizations to encourage participation in sport and enable communities to build and upgrade facilities.
A YEAR before the Commonwealth Games has even begun, a Sutherland community group has won a share of the gold. The Sutherland Sports and Recreation Hub is an early beneficiary of the 'Games Legacy' pot, securing funding for an ambitious new community-led sports centre for Golspie.
The 3G Fieldturf Optimum Pitch which it is hoped will be laid at Golspie as part of an ambitious project to provide new sports facilities.
The bulk of the Golspie project funding had already been pledged as compensation from a wind farm developer. The latest tranche of money will complete the funding package required to transform a council-owned eyesore – a deserted site behind Golspie Primary School – into a £220,000 sports complex.
Residents had already cleared the site which is leased from Highland Council and the group ultimately envisages all-weather facilities for football/hockey, basketball/volleyball and a car park.
Hub chairman Michael Bonner said he was "absolutely delighted" with the latest funding.
He confirmed that the Sutherland organisation had agreed to award the first phase construction contract to specialist firm DOE Sport (North) Limited with the first phase comprising a floodlit multi-purpose pitch similar to the photo above. Construction work is due to begin in the next few months.
Mr Bonner told the Northern Times: "It’s more than just a dream. It’s going to happen now. "Stage two will be a building with changing room and showers," Mr Bonner explained.
"Stage three will be a community area, hopefully with a stage built into the banks because it has the makings of a fantastic amphitheatre music venue as well."