New pitch opens for young Messis to hone talents

Councillor Montague and Kenny McAskill at the official opening of the pitch.
Councillor Montague and Kenny McAskill at the official opening of the pitch.

East Ren’s dazzling Messis and Ronaldos now have now have a new astroturf football pitch to practice on and hone their skills.

The new pitch, situated in Barrhead’s Cowan Park, is as a result of money provided under the Proceeds of Crime Act, £244,000 of funding by East Renfrewshire council and an amazing £40,000 raised by members of Barrhead Youth Football Club through fundraising.

Community services and community safety convener councillor Mary Montague said: “This project is an excellent example how the Cashback for Communities initiative can work for all in a local community.

“I am sure the facility will be well used by both male and female footballers.

“I am aware that the Barrhead Youth Football Club could do with more volunteers to help run the club and they are also looking for young players — born between 2005 and 2007 — for their youngest squad.

“This facility is a shining example of what can be achieved when their is true partnership within our communities.”