Major upgrade for Clydesdale

Clydesdale Cricket Club’s synthetic hockey pitch at its Titwood ground on the south side of Glasgow is to be upgraded to international standard this summer, at a cost of more than £250,000.

The project is being supported by a contribution of £70,000 from Sportscotland, helping to ensure that the facility is ready for use as a possible training venue for the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

Meanwhile, the new water-based pitch will be used by Greaves Clydesdale, the men’s hockey team, and Milne Craig Clydesdale Western, the women’s team, in next season’s national league first divisions, as well as by other senior and junior club teams.

Once preliminary contractual matters have been completed, work on the project is expected to begin at the end of April, to be completed before the end of September.

Included in the works will be an irrigation system that draws water from boreholes rather than the mains, which will keep the club’s carbon footprint as low as possible.

Elaine Macara, who is Clydesdale’s first female president, said: “The existing sand-based pitch was constructed 14 years ago, and has already exceeded its expected lifespan.

“It has provided exceptional value and enabled us to double the numbers of seniors and juniors playing hockey at Titwood.

“We have been fund-raising for this new facility for all those years, as we know that the upgrade will help our players to raise their game to the highest possible level.

“So we are very grateful for the additional funding from Sportscotland and the support of the Scottish Hockey Union in making our dreams come true.

“The strategic support provided by the facilities team at Sportscotland has been central to our planning, and we now have to get on and deliver on the ground.

“When the work is complete, it will make Clydesdale the first Scottish club to own its own water-based hockey pitch, and the first sporting venue in Scotland capable of hosting both hockey and cricket matches at full international level.”