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All Change At Raydale Park

Raydale Community Partnership, Gretna FC 2008 and Cunninghame Housing Association worked together to create a community sports hub in Gretna.

Exciting new proposals have been developed for the installation of a new synthetic 11-a-side pitch at Raydale Park. There will be a new community gym, multipurpose fitness room and changing rooms. They are working hard to secure the funding necessary to make the project happen.

Residents will see the first phase taking shape with the arrival of 2 large portacabins from Cunninghame Housing Association. These will be moved to the site in Gretna before being refurbished and the fitted to create new, accessible facilities.

Craig Peacock, Chair of Raydale Community Partnership said: We are starting to make great strides with our Community Sports Hub. It will be great to see the signs of what we will be able to achieve when the portacabins arrive. We know from our talks with locals that they have to travel outwith Gretna to access fitness and sporting facilities. The new community gym, fitness and changing rooms will increase opportunities for everone to lead more active and healthy lifestyle.”

Alex Thomson, Chair of Gretna 2008 FC said “It’s fantastic to see the relocation of the Portacabins to Raydale Park. This couldn’t have been achieved without the wonderful help of Cunninghame Housing Association. We will be looking to secure funding to finish the interior refurbishment of the portacabins and the park itself. This is just the beginning, with an all-weather surface pitch; something that’s needed in our area. With works ongoing in the football ground, can we ask parents to keep their children away from the area.”

Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association, also welcomed this latest development. “We are delighted to be working with both groups on this project. We are developing 100 units of new social housing in Gretna and Eastriggs in the next 3 years. We are confident that this will be just the start of improvements at Raydale Park.”


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