New Deer all-weather scheme nears completion

The All Weather Facility at New Deer is well on its way to completion.
The All Weather Facility at New Deer is well on its way to completion.

The All Weather sports facility currently under development in New Deer is rapidly approaching completion.

The project, which has been in the pipeline for over a decade, will see an all-weather pitch installed at the site alongside the existing grass pitches.

The facility, which also incorporates a new changing room facility and storeroom, will allow sports to be played for 50 weeks of the year.

The building which houses the four changing rooms is due to be completed by Christmas.

Project Co-ordinator and community councillor Helen Young, who has helped spearhead the project, has said that the facility is already oversubscribed for week night activities.

More than 30 organisations have expressed an interest in using the surface.

Of these, Mrs Young desribes 19 as ‘dedicated sports’ and the remaining 11 as ‘recreational activities.’

The artificial astroturf used is competition standard for all pitch sports except for field hockey, which is governed by a different association.

Last month the Times reported on the visit of Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford who visited the site to take part in the ‘buy a Brick’ scheme.

It is the latest in a series of fundraising initiatives which have allowed the development to go ahead.

In 2003 the New Deer Community Association carried out extensive community consultation and an all weather sports facility was reported to be the top priority.

The new building will have CCTV surveillance, two official rooms, a committee room with multipurpose kitchen and serving hatch.

Each of the four team changing rooms contains toilet and shower facilities.

Until now the area around the pitch has been largely unused and the association decided that by demolishing the existing structure a 30 by 40 metre pitch could be installed.

The land designated for this project is valued at £20,000.