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First turf cut on new indoor pitch

Altogether now. Education and families committee vice chairman George Smith, who also chairs the Shetland Sporting Partnership Strategic Group, sinks his spade into the Clickimin soil to mark the start of work on the new indoor pitch. Smith is flanked by (from left) Cllr Billy Fox, Cllr Vaila Wishart, site supervisor with contractor Collinson Ryan Davies, Cllr Peter Campbell, Shetland Recreational Trust general manager James Johnston, SRT technical services manager David Wagstaff, and Trevor Smith and Annie Nicolson from the Anderson High School project team.

WORK on a new £1.9 million indoor training pitch at Lerwick’s Clickimin Leisure Complex has begun with a symbolic turf cutting ceremony.

The PVC-covered building will go up over the next nine months after which it will be able to provide all weather training facilities.

Clickimin management are excited about the venture, which will free up the complex’s capacity for other sports to take advantage of.

Government agency sportscotland is stumping up £500,000 towards the venture, with the rest of the cash coming out of the budget for the new Anderson High School.

SIC education and families vice chairman George Smith said the 60 metre by 40 metre synthetic pitch would be “a huge boon” for both Anderson High pupils and the wider community.

“It is going to be a great addition to the facilities we have here in Shetland and will help us get more folk more active,” he said.

Shetland Recreational Trust general manager James Johnston said the Clickimin struggles to cope with demand for its indoor facilities at the moment.

“This will be critical in ensuring our sports people, particularly outdoor sports people, are able to train all year round,” he said.

“It will also free up space to allow other sports like gymnastics and hockey to use the Clickimin,” he said.

Johnston invited any sports groups that would be interested in using the new facility to get in touch.