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Footy club hoping for £40k after eight year wait

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By Marc McLean, local democracy reporter
Footy club hoping for £40k after eight year wait

A FOOTBALL club which was promised £40,000 of funding eight years ago to improve its facilities in Dumfries looks set to finally net the cash.

Heston Rovers Football Club first applied to Nithsdale Area Committee in 2015 for the five-figure sum to build new changing facilities for players and visiting teams.

The money was ringfenced by councillors, but year after year there were various blocks to progressing the works.

Officials have now submitted an updated proposal to the committee seeking grant funding of £39,448 to build a new clubhouse and changing facilities at their Maryfield base.

A report on the matter reads: “The project is to build a six-team changing facility complex to replace the current cabins that are falling into disrepair and coming to the end of their current permissible planning permissions.

“The complex shall service over at least 15 Heston Rovers teams and 300+ players, ranging from five years old to adults in the Georgetown/Cresswell/Larchfield and Calside areas of Dumfries.”

Club officials are also aiming to find funders to become “sustainable in the long term”.

Heston Rovers has also been approved for Scottish FA grassroots pitch and facilities funding, which would take overall funding to more than £100,000.

This cash would not only be spent on a new clubhouse and changing facilities at Maryfield, but would also pay for improvement to the grass pitches at Maryfield, along with further improvements at their St Joseph’s College base, including a dugout area/sports shelters, and hardstanding to allow goals to be stored off pitch.


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