Midlothian is to benefit from a new, sand filled synthetic turf pitch at the Lasswade Centre suitable for playing hockey.
The centre’s remaining budget of £749,000 has been identified to fund the project, which was rubberstamped by the council following a consultation event held earlier this year.
The process involved Lasswade High School, Sport and Leisure Services, local football clubs, Eskvale Hockey Club and Lasswade Rugby Football Club.
All football clubs, along with Lasswade Rugby Football Club, opted for a rubber crumb long pile 3G surface with shock pad, which is the most suitable for football and rugby.
They argued that the surface was the only one approved by International Rugby Board (IRB) for rugby contact training or playing.
However the first choice from the Lasswade High School Leadership Team, Students Sports Council and Parent Council was for a hockey pitch.
Lasswade High School Students Sports Council also submitted a letter on behalf of the 1500 pupils outlining their preference for a hockey surface, as hockey is a growing sport in the community and would attract more people to participate in a wider variety of sport.
Unsurprisingly Eskvale Hockey Club opted for a hockey pitch with their preference being sand dressed.
Specialist advice indicated that such a surface would be suitable for other sports such as tennis as well as a training surface for most sports.