More pitches available to hire soon

Published: Wednesday 16 September 2020

Two players contest for the ball at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground synthetic pitch

A number of additional pitches across South Lanarkshire will soon be available for outdoor use.

From Monday, 21 September, pitches will be available for hire at the following facilities:

•    Stonelaw Community Sports Centre
•    Carluke Leisure Centre
•    Duncanrig Sports Centre

The above facilities can be booked a week in advance by calling the centres and South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture’s synthetic pitches page has all the contact details.

Additionally, from Monday, 5 October the following pitches will also become available:

•    Cathkin High School
•    Calderglen High School
•    St John the Baptist Primary School
•    Holy Cross High School
•    Larkhall Academy
•    John Ogilvie High School
•    Calderside Academy
•    Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Community Wing

These facilities can be booked a week in advance via the school lets team on 01698 476247 (with the exception of Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Community Wing which can be booked directly on 01555 896638).

General Manger of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, David Booth, said: “We are pleased to be able to increase the number of pitches available for use across South Lanarkshire.

“I would ask everyone to observe the guidance and rules we have in place, and there will be clear signage and instructions for everyone using the facilities.

“Where customers cannot access a pitch due to the facility not being open we will endeavour to make alternative arrangements, where possible, at another facility or at an alternative time and you should contact the booking line initially to discuss your requirements.” 

The process for booking and using a pitch is as follows:

•    All pitches must be booked by telephone prior to date of use. No provision for booking or paying will be available at facilities
•    All clubs and organisations must provide details of their COVID Coordinator at time of booking to facilitate the Scottish Government’s Test and Protect protocols and must adhere to the national governing body guidance at all times
•    In the case of casual bookings the booking holder must keep a register of all players for 21 days in line with the Scottish Government’s Test and Protect requirement 
•    Please arrive at the facility no more than 5 minutes prior to your booking and wait at the designated area as directed by staff
•    Signage will be in place with designated waiting area and we ask that customers follow staff direction at all times
•    Teams should ensure physical distancing and hygiene guidance is followed at all times 
•    A one-way system will be in place and you should adhere to this at all times 
•    There is no access to changing at this time and toilet access will be very limited – please encourage players to make use of facilities before leaving home
•    If you or any of your players display any of the signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone showing the signs and symptoms you must not attend  and should stay at home and follow the advice from Scottish Government and NHS Scotland
•    No First Aid provision is available to causal customers. First Aid is the responsibility of clubs and organisations in line with current guidance.