Tuesday, 2nd May 2017, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Woodlands Games Hall Pitch
One of the standard bearers for community engagement, the Falkirk Football Foundation profiled a brilliant new £200,000 facility when we visited the Bairns.
They've developed a brilliant outdoor facility at Woodland's Games Hall, right next to Comely Park Primary School.
Previously, an almost derelict facility, this forms part of a process which should ultimately see the entire campus transferred to a new community enterprise, Woodlands Community Sports Ltd.
This new entity is formed of a partnership between the Falkirk Football Foundation and parents at Comely Park Primary School.
The outdoor pitch has been completely re-laid, with a stunning new synthetic surface, fencing, landscaping and floodlights.
Similar plans are in place for inside the Games Hall, which will go before Falkirk Council, shortly.
"It is not just about getting the next fan to your club, it is about creating a relationship with your community," explained community coach Chris McGill.
This facility was run down and so in regenerating it we've been able to engage with the community.
"This facility was run down and so in regenerating it we've been able to engage with the community."
And that means 11 different schools, including 350 kids are benefitting from weekly coaching via the Falkirk Football Foundation. They also deliver free lunchtime clubs, and after school centres.
Fellow coach Dave Mackay adds: "It is easily accessible for everyone and we hope to continue to grow the programmes here."
During our visit to Woodlands, 60 children from Comely Park Primary School enjoyed a frenetic, fun morning of football, all played on the stunning new surface.
They were joined by new Bairns chief executive Craig Campbell, who will uniquely combine his work with the Falkirk Football Foundation and Falkirk Football Club as joint-CEO. Also with us on this stop was technical director Alex Smith and club ambassador Alex Totten, who works with the commercial department.
Our visit to Falkirk focuses on the Falkirk Football Foundation's new community pitch at Woodlands, which has seen a £200,000 grant secured to build a modern synthetic grass facility in partnership with parents from Comely Park Primary School.
The SPFL Trust works in partnership with Scotland’s 42 professional clubs and external agencies to promote, support, fund and administer activities which help meet the identified social needs of the people of Scotland.
Our purpose is to use football’s unique presence to assist Scotland’s people to achieve their goals and improve their life chances.
Our vision is to work with SPFL clubs to use the unique power of football to engage with communities.