MUGA for Titwood

More physical changes to the landscape of Clydesdale Cricket Club‘s Titwood ground are on the way (writes Mike Stanger).

Various funders have approved a scheme to redevelop the last neglected corner of the ground.

The Clydesdale Multi-Use Games Area, as it will be known, will be created from what is currently little more than a dumping ground for waste materials.

Starting on Monday, contractors will remove hundreds of tonnes of surplus soil which currently disfigure the area, and construct a level and free-draining all-weather playing surface that can be used throughout the winter months.

The area of 2,000 square metres already has two cricket practice nets, constructed in a similar manner in 2009.

a further two such nets will be provided in the new scheme, thanks to a grant from the Cricket Scotland Development Trust.

The main central area of the MUGA, however, will be a flexible space for children’s games, practice and warm-up activities for both hockey and cricket - and can be adapted for other sports once it is fully-carpeted.

The facility is expected to attract user interest from local schools, youth groups, and even disabled sports organisations.

Major funding has been raised through the landfill tax credit scheme administered by the Land Trust, and supplemented by club sources.

The first phase of the scheme will cost £70,000, and is expected to be completed within four weeks.

Clydesdale president Elaine Macara told ExtraSport: “This will provide a clean and tidy environment for the visit of the South African women’s Olympic hockey squad in late May.

“They are due to play five test matches against Scotland on the club’s new international hockey pitch completed last year”.

The club is planning an official opening ceremony to coincide with the South Africans’ visit.