Ideas sought to get the ball rolling for Sports Village

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An appeal is being issued to Deesiders to “come on board” with the Banchory Sports Village project by proposing fundraising ideas.

Local organisations, including the Rotary Club, Lions, Banchory Business Association and head teachers of schools have been asked to suggest ideas to raise the remaining balance required for the Sports Village to go ahead.

Work on Banchory Sports Village, to be located on land secured at Hill of Banchory, will get underway in September 2015, provided that the remaining £700,000 is raised by the community.

Fundraising Chair James Knowles said: “We want everyone to get involved. The facility will cater for all age groups and it will be for the benefit of the people of Banchory and the surrounding areas.”

Trustees of the Sports Village previously approached Aberdeenshire Council, which agreed to put the project in place with a predicted opening date of Autumn 2017.

Work can only begin if the financial target is met. The estimated cost of the project is £7.8m. Two pledges have already been made of £320,000 and £380,000.

The Sports Village has been well supported by local councillors, Jill Webster, Karen Clark and Linda Clark. Its patrons include local athletes Ben Kilner, Peter Pawlett, Andrew Considine and Robbie Simpson.

Everyone can get involved and come on board with their own ideas by contacting James Knowles at james.knowles@banchorysportsvillage.co.uk or on 07899 792297.