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A Home For Sport In Gullane

The Gullane Sports Development Trust has been set up to enable the development of sport within all parts of our community by providing facilities, equipment and support to those wishing to participate in sport, bringing the community together under a common sporting umbrella.

A number of new sports clubs have been formed in Gullane in the last few years and numbers of participants are very healthy. However, almost without exception, Gullane clubs have to travel to North Berwick and Haddington for training/coaching practice and to participate in games due to a lack of local facilities. It has become apparent that improved sporting facilities within the village would allow these organisations to develop without having to travel to surrounding venues.

What are we going to do?

Our main aim is to develop a sporting hub in the village – a floodlit astroturf pitch with adjoining clubhouse, providing a first class, all year round sporting facility in addition to the current pitch at Memorial Park. Access to the facility will be open to all members of the community including many local groups such as Gullane Athletic Amateur Football Club, Gullane Hockey Club, Gullane Cricket Club, The After School Club and the local Scouting & Guiding groups. We are determined the whole community should benefit from the trust’s work

How are we going to achieve this?

East Lothian Council have agreed to make available the ground needed for the development, which is fantastic. The Gullane & Aberlady Community Council and the local community Police have given their backing as well as SportScotland who could grant up to 50% of the project cost. As a community we need to demonstrate that we want this facility – and that we are prepared to support it both financially and through the use of it. Obviously all this comes at a price – an estimated £280,000 for the pitch, floodlights, clubhouse and surrounding infrastructure. While this total may seem daunting, there is a large amount of funding available from bodies such as SportScotland and Viridor, which could provide the majority of this sum. However, the trust still has to raise at least 40% of the total project cost.

Here’s how you can help

We need as many members of the community to support the trust’s fundraising efforts and put in place a sporting legacy for our village – whether this is through direct financial contribution or volunteering.

Whether you can contribute directly with a donation, through sponsoring a square of the pitch (£100 per square), or simply agreeing to give some of your precious spare time, your support will be greatly appreciated.

A number of individuals within the community are already volunteering their time and experience. This includes lawyers, architects, web designers and marketing professionals. If you feel you can offer your professional services, products or goods that would benefit the build or final project or just some of your time, please get in touch.

 Together we can make it happen!