Crathes opens new court with inaugural match

Crathes Primary School marked the opening of its new basketball court with a friendly inaugural tournament last week.

Monday, 7th July 2014, 2:26 pm

Young teams from Durris, Strachan and Crathes schools took to the court to compete in the new facility’s first match on Tuesday, July 1.

The evening event saw Basketball Scotland’s Amy Murdoch in attendance, as well as a great turnout of family and friends.

In summer 2013 Crathes Primary secured £1963 in financial backing from Awards for All, which contributed to the construction of the basketball court.

The court was designed and constructed thanks to the combined efforts of Leys Estate, Blackhall Fencing working with Park Smithy, McIntosh Plant Hire, Aberdeenshire Council, Crathes School PTA, and the grant received from Awards for All. Work commenced on the court in spring of this year.

Before the tournament commenced, Mrs Liz Mann unveiled a bench donated by the Parent Council in recognition of the companies and individuals who made the basketball court project possible.

Crathes Primary head teacher Maureen Fraser said: “Teamwork is a key strength of the Crathes Community and the development of this fabulous community resource is a prime example of this.”

The friendly game that followed was won by the team from Durris School, made up of Lewis Mackinnon, Matthew Churchfield, Calum McIntosh and Nathan McKeown.

Refreshments and various activities kept all those who attended the evening well entertained.