Castlehead High School in Paisley is one of 6 successful applications to receive as share of £1.8m funding it was announced today [11/06/14]. The Scottish Government’s highly successful CashBack for Communities programme, uses money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and invests the money in community programmes, facilities and activities. Since the programme’s inception in 2007 over £74 million has been taken from criminals and invested or committed to partner organisations to provide free sporting, cultural, youth- work, employability and educational activities for children and young people throughout Scotland.
Today’s announcement will see Castlehead High School become one of 6 projects in Scotland to receive £300,000 of funding each to install new 3G pitches. Speaking after the announcement, Paisley’s MSP, George Adam said, “This is great news for the school and everyone in Paisley. Castlehead High School was one of a number of applicants to the Cashback for Pitches fund and I congratulate the school on its successful application. Not only will this provide improved sports facilities for the school to educate our sports stars of the future, but also it can double as a place for local sports teams to train and play their games.
“ Cashback for Communities is a unique Scottish Government programme, which has helped countless projects across our nation to improve their facilities and give more young people a chance to become involved in sport. 3G pitches also provide a year round place to play football and are cheaper to maintain than grass, we have seen another SPFL team announce this week that they are to install an artificial surface.
‘“This is a momentous year for sport in Scotland and the Commonwealth Games is providing young people across the country with the perfect inspiration for getting into sport. CashBack for Communities seizes money from some of the very worst of society and feeds it directly back in to local communities, often the communities who have been affected by the perpetrators of crime. When its installed, I hope all at Castlehead enjoy their new surface and who knows, we may end up with the next Archie Gemmell on our hands!”