An S3 pupil at Graeme High School is calling for a new facility at the school. David Wilson has created an online petition calling on the Falkirk council to create a new 3G astro, which has received political backing from local MSP Siobhan McMahon.
Currently the school has an old sand based astroturf pitch which David believes isn’t good enough. David said “What we have at the moment is old. When you play on it you slide about and it’s certainly damaging to our knees and joints in general.”
As a performance school without access to a 3G pitch, David believes it’s time that one is created, especially as winter approaches.
“The grass is always frozen” said David. “When the grass is frozen, we don’t have any other places to play as they are all occupied by PE classes. As a school with talented footballers, it’s disappointing to go without this playing time.”
David Reid from Larbert saigned the petition, stating online "The pitches at Graeme High to support the football performance school for the various years are entirely inappropriate and most certainly an upgrade to the existing astro to a more suitable surface would resolve this."
After two years of campaigning, David and his fellow pupils have found it difficult to get their voices heard by the Falkirk council. But with 124 signatures to their new petition already, the campaign has received a boost of support from local constituency MSP for Central Scotland, Siobhan McMahon.
The Labour MSP said “I’m happy to support this petition for a new 3G pitch at Graeme High School.
“There is no doubt that the countries enthusiasm for sport is on the rise following the overwhelming success of Scottish athletes at Glasgow 2014, and this is something we must take advantage of. Sporting participation has so many benefits for children, improving both physical and mental health.
“A new pitch would not only benefit the pupils at St Graeme High but also local community groups who would have the opportunity to use the facility. We know that local government has faced big cuts to its funding over the past few years and it is often difficult for them to find the resources to fund projects such as these, but I would encourage them to do everything in their power to ensure that the sporting facilities that our communities depend on are of the highest quality.”
David is hopeful that the petition will reach 200 signatures and if you'd like to sign, you can do so by clicking here.