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Prize money increase for French Open

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Connolly given five-game suspension

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McConnell wins Glasgow contract

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Baker in contention for Wales tour

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TWEEDBANK SPORTS PITCH OFFICIALLY OPENS


Hockey enthusiasts from across the Borders gathered at Tweedbank on Wednesday 5 May 2010, to celebrate the official opening of the newly re-surfaced all weather pitch at the Sports Centre.

Tweedbank pitch
Three girls who are involved in the Scotland under 18 Hockey Squad - Siobhan Murphy from The Berwickshire High School; Sarah Robertson from Selkirk High School and Kirsty Hill from Kelso High School, joined Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council (SBC), Councillor Graham Garvie, Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Community Learning and Tony Taylor, Chairman, Borders Sport and Leisure Trust (BSLT) to cut the ribbon to officially open the facility.

Councillor Graham Garvie said: “This is a very exciting time for hockey in the Borders. Thanks to the combined commitments of our Hockey Development Officer, local clubs, schools, coaches and volunteers, we are starting to see hockey really take off in our region. A wide range of opportunities is now available for the development of players, volunteers and coaches and this has seen a significant increase in the number of people becoming involved in the sport. This combined with the newly refurbished facility here at Tweedbank is putting hockey in great stead for the future.”

SBC announced the plans to replace the 15 year old pitch at Tweedbank in June last year after it recognised it was at the end of its useful life. The decision to replace the pitch with sand-dressed synthetic carpet suitable for all levels of competitive hockey was made after the different needs of the two main user groups - hockey and football, were investigated.  The pitch can also be used by footballers for training purposes.

£280,000 was made available from SBC to replace the pitch and repair the adjacent running track.  SBC has also announced its commitment of £450,000 towards the development of separate third generation (3G) synthetic pitch at Netherdale in Galashiels, which will provide an ideal surface for football and rugby.

Leader of SBC, Councillor David Parker explained: “I am confident that getting this Tweedbank pitch back up and running will give hockey and the many other sports and activities that take place here the extra boost they deserve. This pitch will contribute to the excellent work that is already taking place in our region – from the development of our upcoming stars of the future to giving our local sports groups and clubs an ideal surface to train and play their games.  With the hope of securing the extra funding needed for a separate 3G facility for football and rugby will mean that these sports can continue to thrive in parallel and we can set an example to the rest of Scotland.”

Managed and operated by BSLT, the centre now also boasts a renovated fitness suite with new equipment, a full size professional athletics track, hammer cage, long jump and male/female changing facilities.

Commenting on the redevelopment of the new all weather pitch, Tony Taylor, Chairman of BSLT said: “Over the past six years we have seen the number of hockey users who play on the Tweedbank pitch grow year on year and with the dedication of everyone associated with the sport, Hockey in the Scottish Borders is thriving.  This facility is a great asset to the sporting community in the Scottish Borders and hope that sports groups and clubs will benefit from it for years to come.”

To celebrate the newly resurfaced pitch, the Borders Select team, which is made up of specially selected players from the three women’s clubs in the Borders (Borders Fjordhus, Peebles Ladies and Kelso Ladies) enjoyed a competitive game of hockey against a team of other fellow players. Seven of the high schools were represented in the game, as well as players from every club in the Borders.

Janet Jack, Hockey Development Officer for the Borders explained: “All those who have already played on Tweedbank are delighted with the new surface which has been laid and fully appreciate the support from the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust, Scottish Borders Council and all those who have been involved in providing such a high quality of surface.  It is a fantastic surface to play on and the venue will be able to accommodate those starting out in the game and the more established players. All the Borders clubs will use the Tweedbank facility for their home games in the coming season and many years thereafter and it will also be the hockey centre in the area for the Development and Performance squads.”

President of Scottish Hockey, Lee Cousins added: “The facility is a testament to the hard work and support that the hockey community in the Borders has shown.  The new pitch provides a focus for hockey in the area and will be used to deliver hockey from a first try through to the performance level. The Borders has a great history in developing very talented hockey players with a number achieving International success.  I look forward to seeing even more hockey talent emerging in the future.”

Photo: Back Row (L to R) Tony Taylor, Chairman of BSLT; Councillor David Parker, Leader of SBC; Councillor Graham Garvie, Executive Member for Sport, Culture and Community Learning. Front Row (L to R) Sarah Robertson, Selkirk High School; Kirsty Hill, Kelso High School; Siobhan Murphy, The Berwickshire High School.

Editor’s Notes
The main contractor for the works at Tweedbank is CBC Lands Ltd and works started in September 2009. 
The opening comes one week before Tweedbank hosts the Borders Hockey Festival on 14-16 May which promises to be an exciting display of hockey.  The Festival includes games between the Borders Select Team and an International Masters team (which includes two Olympic medallists and the Scotland U18s) and will also showcase some of the junior development that has been going on around the region. 
The ‘Borders select’ team has been set up for the Hockey Festival to play against the Scottish Masters who are currently selecting players for the World Masters in Nottingham. 
For more information on the Hockey Festival and any other hockey opportunities in the region visit www.sportborders.org.uk
 


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