Former international hockey star Janet Jack was one of many who were delighted to witness the start of work on a new £750k artificial pitch in Selkirk.
A turf-cutting ceremony took place last Wednesday as ground work began on the 2G surface – funded by Scottish Borders Council (£500k) and sportscotland (£250k) – which is being built next to Selkirk High School.
“Selkirk High school has produced some excellent young players and this new pitch will give many more aspiring young hockey stars the opportunity to play on a quality surface which is required for the development of current skills,” said Jack, who is the Borders’ hockey development officer.
Councillor Vicky Davidson cut the first piece of turf in front of a group of invited guests – including pupils and teachers from the town’s secondary school.
Headteacher Wilma Burgon commented: “We are delighted that work on the pitch has started and that by the beginning of the new session Selkirk students and comm unity groups will feel the benefit.
“The facility will be used to support a wide range of PE activities and will greatly improve the quality of experience for pupils. It will make a real difference.”
The pitch is due to be completed in August.