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An investment in almost £2 million of new facilities for Blackburn United Community Football Club’s New Murrayfield Park is set to provide a major boost for the area, sportscotland have claimed.
The West Lothian development includes six changing rooms, referee changing and a community club room as well as a new 11-a-side grass pitch.
The new facilities have now opened thanks to a £1.15 million investment from West Lothian Council and £400,000 from sportscotland’s Sports Facility Fund.
Proposals are also progressing for a new floodlit, seven-a-side, third generation synthetic turf pitch for the site.
The new facilities are the culmination of years of hard work by Blackburn United, which was formed in 2004 by Blackburn United Junior FC and the local youth football teams, supported by the council and the Scottish Football Association (SFA).
A special football festival was held to mark the opening of the pavilion, with a number of the club’s youth sides taking part.
"sportscotland’s investment of £400,000 has helped to deliver a first-class grass pitch, as well as fabulous changing facilities, which will become a huge asset for the whole community,” said sportscotland Chief Executive Stewart Harris.
"This improved facility will allow the club to strengthen its links with sportscotland’s Active Schools Network and, working closely with the Scottish FA, will help to increase the number of children and young people involved in the sport.”
West Lothian’s Executive Councillor for culture and leisure Dave King has also welcomed the new facilities.
"We are delighted to support this £1.5 million investment in top class sporting facilities for Blackburn,” said King.
"The new pavilion will provide a massive boost to sporting opportunities in the village, by providing a local sporting hub for the community which will help the development of opportunities for participation in physical activity, volunteering and diversionary programmes.
"Blackburn United already provide many excellent opportunities for young children to participate in community sport, and these new facilities will support their good work to encourage young people to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle from an early age.”