Cash boost for youth football in Castle Douglas

Youth football in Castle Douglas has been handed a £15,000 boost.

Threave Rovers Youth Development landed the cash in the latest round of the council’s Tackling Poverty funding scheme payments that saw people vote for their favourite projects.

The club will use the money to employ a football development officer.

Youth development chairman Mark Geddes said: “The youth section has grown arms and legs in the last few years and we’re really in a position now where we need to take on a development officer.

“We have been looking to bring in a development officer for a while and now we can. We haven’t advertised it yet but the committee will be meeting shortly to do that.

“We used to run summer football camps but again it was a lot of work so we can hopefully do that. It’s great for kids and also adults – we have walking football that we are looking to start up again.”

Whoever takes on the development officer role at Threave will have plenty of work thanks to an exciting new project.

Mr Geddes added: “We are in discussions with the council about taking on facilities at Castle Douglas High School.

“We already have the Birkland at the top of the town but it is a grass pitch.

“In the summer we have to take kids to Dalbeattie which means 200 kids going there once a week which isn’t great for the carbon footprint aside from anything else.

“The high school has an old style MUGA and we’d look at putting in a 3G surface.

“It is smaller than we need but we would also take on the grass pitches and the games hall out of hours.

“The talks are at a good stage and if it hadn’t been for Covid I think it would have happened by now.

“The facilities will also be available to the wider community which is great as they are sorely lacking in Castle Douglas at the moment.

“It means a lot more work – there will be more bookings, they will have to do the locking up and all these things that are currently done by volunteers.”

A total of 18 projects across Dumfries and Galloway received funding through the voting process, with three Stewartry schemes sharing more than £26,000.

Threave Youths were the biggest recipients with Gatehouse Development Initiative handed £8,640 for their Wheels of Fleet cycling project.

The money will be used to support the existing project co-ordinator and bike mechanic roles.

And Castle Douglas IT Centre received £,2380 towards IT support and a recycling specialist.

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