Sports hub opens its doors

Pictured at the opening of the new all-weather community facility in Strichen are (left to right) Mike Coutts and John Murison (Mormond Thistle FC) and Eilidh Craib who designed the logo.
Pictured at the opening of the new all-weather community facility in Strichen are (left to right) Mike Coutts and John Murison (Mormond Thistle FC) and Eilidh Craib who designed the logo.

A North-east schoolgirl has won a competition to design the logo for a new community sports facility.

Nine-year-old Strichen resident Eilidh Craib had her design chosen to be the logo for the new Mormond Community Hub in the village recently.

The emblem was unveiled at the Community Hub’s official opening on Saturday - which was attended by around 80 invited guests, including many donors and sponsors to the project.

Commenting, proud mum Faye Craib said: “It was a competition where all the pupils at Strichen School were invited to design a logo for the Community Hub - and we’re all delighted for Eilidh that her design was chosen.

“It’s such a great achievement and we’re very proud of her.

“It’s amazing to think this logo will be here for years to come.”

During the official opening event, the invited guests viewed slideshow presentations and heard from a number of speakers, including from sportscotland.

The Mormond Community Hub is named after local landmark Mormond Hill to help encompass the entire surrounding area of Strichen.

The idea for the project - which has been spearheaded by Mormond Thistle Football Club - began in 2008, with three years of fund-raising work starting in 2013.

Among the main features of the facility - which is situated next to the Ritchie Hall - is a 3G surface which is suitable for a range of sports including football, hockey, tennis, netball and basketball. There is also an outbuilding to store goalposts and other equipment.