It’s official: 3G pitch for Rothesay this summer

The current 2G all-weather pitch at Rothesay Joint Campus is unsuitable for SFA-approved football matches - and has drawn criticism from Bute's sports clubs.
The current 2G all-weather pitch at Rothesay Joint Campus is unsuitable for SFA-approved football matches - and has drawn criticism from Bute's sports clubs.

Argyll and Bute Council has confirmed that a brand-new 3G pitch will be installed at Rothesay Joint Campus during the forthcoming summer holiday.

The current 2G sand-dressed pitch will be replaced during the break in July and August with a 40-millimetre 3G surface which has been carefully selected, in consultation with the school, to accommodate a wide range of sporting activities.

The new surface means that the island’s young people will have a top quality facility which fully supports and enhances Rothesay Joint Campus’s physical education curriculum. It will also be available for local sports teams, clubs and people in the community to use out of school hours.

The Buteman broke the news of the impending arrival of a 3G pitch at the campus last month, following a vociferous campaign by local sports clubs angered at the council’s decision to increase hire charges for all-weather pitches - while, at the time, leaving Rothesay as the only one of the area’s main towns without access to a 3G surface.

The new Rothesay surface will be the same as the one installed at Lochgilphead Joint Campus in the summer of 2014, which has been widely praised by sports clubs in the mid Argyll area.

Bute councillor and Argyll and Bute provost Len Scoullar said: “This will bring real benefits to local people of all ages who enjoy sport and I am sure that the local community will welcome this news.

“We have spent time talking with the school about what sort of surface will best suit their needs and will allow people to take part in as many different sporting activities as possible. The new 40mm 3G surface which will be installed is suitable for a wide range of sports including football, hockey, shinty, non-contact rugby and athletics, and will therefore satisfy as many competing demands as possible.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing people on Bute enjoying their new pitch when it is ready for action. The aim is that it will be ready for the start of the new school term in August.”