New sports court for Penicuik

YMCA-YWCA celebrated the opening of the redeveloped sports courts in Queensway, Penicuik
YMCA-YWCA celebrated the opening of the redeveloped sports courts in Queensway, Penicuik

Penicuik YMCA-YWCA recently celebrated the opening of the redeveloped sports courts in Queensway, Penicuik.

Among those attending were former international tennis umpire, John Frame; the Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian Sir Robert Clerk and Lady Clerk; Scotland women’s rugby international Sarah Law and her sister Rachel who is a sportscotland Sports Panel Ambassador; Keith Wright, Football Development Officer with Midlothian Council and former Hibernian and Scotland footballer; and John McCrossan, Youth Development Convener, Midlothian Hockey Development Group.

The opening of the Sports Courts has been much anticipated by Penicuik Y, having invested lots of time and energy since 2009 securing funding and organising the renovation. Following years of decay, the newly refurbished sports courts are a valuable new asset for the community and will be available for hire by individuals and groups, principally for football, hockey and tennis.

The success of this project is down to the generosity of funders, principally the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund administered by sportscotland on behalf of the Scottish Government; Midlothian Council, including commitments from environmental resources funds available to Councillors Adam Montgomery and Derek Rosie; the Ministry of Defence under its Community Covenant Grant Fund; and Tennis Scotland.

Before inviting John Frame to cut the ribbon inaugurating the courts, Y Chair, Keith McIntosh paid tribute to funders, supporters and contractors. “Everyone concerned should take great pride in what has been achieved. This is a high quality community facility made possible by some really special people. In particular, I would mention Melville Housing who granted us a 20-year lease of the site for a peppercorn rent. But above all, the contribution of David Fletcher in prolonging his service to the Y and masterminding the project to completion was immense. Others played important parts, but his was the key role.”

Councillor Adam Montgomery (Lab), who was involved with the project from the beginning in 2009, and who contributed £16,600 towards the cost from the resources available to him for environmental improvements, expressed his delight at this much-needed addition to Penicuik’s sports facilities. “In common with all of the other services the Y provides, this will be a true community facility, offering affordable multi-sport opportunities for individuals, schools and clubs.”