South Scotland

Galashiels 3G pitch held up by weather

3G pitch
Image caption The weather had delayed the official opening of the first 3G pitch in the Borders

The official opening of the first 3G artificial sports pitch in the Borders has been delayed by the weather.

The Netherdale facility in Galashiels was due to be opened by former rugby and football internationals Gregor Townsend and John Collins on Saturday.

The pitch has been laid but a sand and rubber "infill" has not been added.

Project manager Graeme McMurdo said the weather had been mild but there had not been enough wind to keep the area dry for the required number of days.

One full-sized pitch and a smaller five-a-side facility are being built on the site.

Mr McMurdo said he remained optimistic they would be open before too long.

"Everyone involved is hopeful that the weather will change and that the infill work can be completed within the next few weeks," he said.

"The opening ceremony was intended to showcase the 3G pitches, giving clubs and the local community the opportunity to try them out - unfortunately, this cannot now happen for 19 November but it will happen as soon as practicable."

Some £350,000 for the Galashiels scheme came from the Scottish government's Cashback for Communities project.

The third generation (3G) pitch is designed to produce a playing surface with "similar characteristics" to natural grass.

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