South Scotland

Peebles High School sports complex works officially start

Peebles works
Image caption It is hoped the new complex at Peebles High School will be up and running within 12 months

Work on new state-of-the-art sports facilities at a secondary school in the Borders is officially under way.

In less than 12 months, the new complex at Peebles High School should be up and running, serving the school and the wider local community.

Councillors and others were on site to mark the official start on Monday.

The project will create a new indoor four-court games hall, general purpose hall, fitness suite and classroom, and changing facilities.

Outdoors there will be a new 2G synthetic pitch, sprint track and long jump track.

A 3G sports pitch, on a site elsewhere in Peebles, is scheduled to be in place within the next few years.

Campbell Wilson, head teacher at Peebles High, said the new sports facilities would be of huge benefit to the school but the local community would also have access to them.

Wider strategy

Mr Wilson praised staff in the PE department at the school for delivering good results despite the limits imposed by the current provision.

The scheme has been welcomed by Councillor Vicky Davidson, executive member for culture, sport, youth and communities on Scottish Borders Council.

She said the major scheme at Peebles High School was just part of a wider strategy to enhance sports provision across the region.

"We're committed to providing at least one synthetic pitch to each high school cluster area," she said.

"The programme at the moment includes 2G and 3G surfaces here in Peebles, a 2G at Selkirk High School and a 3G in Jedburgh.

"The existing high schools in Berwickshire already have synthetic pitches, as does Hawick.

"And the proposed new high school in Kelso will have both 2G and 3G provision."

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