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The Bannerfield MUGA, measuring 29m x 14m, will be suitable for a variety of sports, including football, hockey and basketball. Once complete, the fenced play park area will be accessible to pupils directly from school grounds via a new gate and tarmac pathway, and to the wider community through separate gates.
Selkirk Councillor Vicky Davidson, Executive Member for Culture, Sport, Youth and Communities, said: “This is great news for the whole area and it is going to be so exciting to see this new, fantastic outdoor space take shape over the next few months.
“This has been a fun project to be involved in, with a lot of input from local children and their parents. I’m delighted that the funding is now in place for the new playground to be built this summer.”
Four other Borders projects share a further £649,792 in grants from Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces Scotland scheme, including Morebattle Village Hall (£81,849) and Fountainhall Village Hall (£250,000).
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “Our Community Spaces programme allows local people to get together and shape their neighbourhood by making better use of outdoor and indoor spaces.”