In pictures: Abronhill school pupils christen new ‘kickabout’ area

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 22:53 on 23 June 2014.
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ABRONHILL school pupils officially opened their new ‘kickabout’ area today (23 June), after a one year project to regenerate the Broom Road area of Cumbernauld.

As we reported on Friday, 19th April, 2013, North Lanarkshire Council was awarded £18,000 to establish the AstroTurf football pitch, in Broom Road. 

The money was awarded to the authority through the Scottish Government’s £10million ‘Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund’ programme, which aims to fund sports and recreation projects across the country to ensure a long-term legacy from the Commonwealth Games.

The cash injection meant that work could start on the project, which resulted in the construction of an AstroTurf football pitch in the Broom Road area of Abronhill, which pupils played the ceremonial first matches on today (23 June), following its opening. 

Joined by council officials, SNP councillor Liz Irvine, Abronhill school children and representatives from Abronhill Regeneration Forum, the pitch was opened in the traditional fashion – by a ribbon cutting, which was undertaken by a senior Abronhill High School pupil. 

The project’s completion comes after the ‘Broom Road playarea’ was opened this time last year, after efforts by community activist, Gail MacDonald, to secure the area’s planning, financing and construction. 

Opening the playpark on June 25 last year, Ms MacDonald welcomed the new £140,000 addition to Abronhill, telling Cumbernauld Media that she “had a vision to create an exciting, natural play space”.

Read the full story on Cumbernauld Media, just click here. Or, view our images from the day’s official opening ceremony via the interactive slideshow below.

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