An ambitious youth football club in Newtongrange is moving forward with its plans which will help develop more local footballers.
Based at Newtongrange Welfare Park, Star A are currently re-seeding their training pitch in front of the old bowling green pavilion and recently took on a five year lease from Midlothian Council of the Abbeylands Pavilion.
The club’s treasurer Darren Blacklock said: “The training pitch area has been totally re-seeded and levelled to provide an ideal location for soccer skills training and football coaching to the younger members of our teams. The area in front of the Star A pavilion and surrounded on three sides now has a new boundary fence at the other edge.
“Midlothian Council has also turned round the pitches we use in the park to improve the actual playing area and, for all this, we are very grateful.
“Now we have the added bonus of adopting the [empty and unused] Abbeylands Pavilion on a long-term affordable lease and this structure has great funding potential for development.
“Midlothian Council are exploring options with ourselves to improve this pavilion.”
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