Digging deep for new pitches

Aberdeenshire Council area manager Chris White cuts the first sod of the new all weather pitch development at New Deer immediately surrounded by Iain Macaslan, chair of the community association, Norman McDonald, football club chair and Helen Young, community councillor and project co-ordinator. Also pictured are members of the community association and councillors Norman Smith, Lenny Pirrie, Jim Ingram and Edie Chapman.

Aberdeenshire Council area manager Chris White cuts the first sod of the new all weather pitch development at New Deer immediately surrounded by Iain Macaslan, chair of the community association, Norman McDonald, football club chair and Helen Young, community councillor and project co-ordinator. Also pictured are members of the community association and councillors Norman Smith, Lenny Pirrie, Jim Ingram and Edie Chapman.

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THE first sod was cut at New Deer’s ambitious new all-weather pitch development last week.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan area manager Chris White did the honours watched by delighted villagers. It marked a £200,000 windfall from the council’s £20million underspend, but a massive fundraising campaign will continue to pay for the remainder of the £537,000 scheme.

Planning permission for the project was granted in 2009 after the village’s football club joined forces with the community association to drive on the idea way back in 2005. The ultimate aim is to provide training for youngsters and the creation of a league at the floodlit pitch which will boast impressive new changing facilities which will be completed first.