Energy firm pitch in with donation

The fence was required by SFA rules
The fence was required by SFA rules

Young footballers at one of the oldest amateur clubs in the south of Scotland have landed a £5000 windfall to improve safety at its new 3G pitch.

Established in 1879 and playing a key role in the heritage of the Kirkcudbright community, St Cuthbert Wanderers Football Club has welcomed cash help to provide vital new fencing around its training facilities.

‘The Saints’, as they are locally known, have previously scored funding thanks to Banks Renewables, which recently submitted a planning application to create the seven turbine Knockendurrick Wind Farm, east of Gatehouse of Fleet.

Chairman at St Cuthbert Wanderers Football Club, Richard Davis, said; “We are absolutely delighted to have received more support from Banks Renewables.

“Our new 3G pitch sits right on the edge of the tidal estuary which can be a cause for safety concerns, particularly during the winter when the evenings are dark.

“When the floodlights are on it can be difficult to see where the ball goes if it is kicked out so fencing will be absolutely crucial to protect our junior players.

“The new 3G pitch means that, no matter what the Scottish weather throws at us, we are able to train come sunshine or rain so it will make a real difference to our team’s training schedule.

“In order to comply with the Scottish Football Association’s regulations, we needed to build the fence, so it is great to have had this partially funded by Banks Renewables. On behalf of our players and supporters, I’d like to thank them for its continued support which really exemplifies its commitment to local causes.”

The club competes in the Dumfries and Galloway Youth League and has a total of six teams made up of 90 children between the ages of eight and 15.

In addition to St Cuthbert Wanderers, the pitch is also used by the wider community with Kirkcudbright Academy using it throughout the week. It also recently staged the Dumfries Schools Football Tournament.