HUNTLY Football Club have revealed ambitious plans for Christie Park which will create an all-weather outdoor facility for sports.

The club aims to deliver the Christie Park plan in parallel to the larger Huntly and District Development Trust scheme for a sports hub which has been the subject of consultation and feasibility work over the past year.

The Christie Park board have been working with Alan Still a sports consultant who is involved in the Princess Royal Sports Trust in Banff.

The proposal, for the 3G synthetic surface, capable of use in all weathers, was rolled out to Gordon MP Alex Salmond when he visited Christie Park on Monday.

Championing the concept is Huntly FC vice-chairman Gordon Carter who said: “It is a legacy which could last for decades.
Christie Park sits in the heart of the town, close to the school campus and other leisure facilities. The new surface would be playable in all weathers.

“It is not just a football facility. The aim would be to increase participation in sport exponentially. It could be used for rugby, hockey, athletics and all kinds of activity. Currently there is a lot of traffic out of Huntly to access sports facilities such as what we are proposing.

“The development has potential to have a significant impact on the town’s economy as it would be possible for Huntly to offer an all in one sporting package.”

Huntly FC’s vision is that outwith home match days every second Saturday, the facility would be available for school use during the days and sports groups in the evenings and weekends at a cost which they aim to keep affordable.

Mr Still is keen to see Huntly FC have the first such facility in the Highland League.

He said: “There has been a lack of significant investment in sports facilities in Huntly in recent years by Aberdeenshire Council.
Once we get the plan in place we will be looking for Aberdeenshire Council to put it into their capital programme for funding.”

Mr Salmond said that the proposal could bring a great boost to sport in the area.

He said: “There are some really great sport and leisure developments in the constituency at Ellon and Inverurie and it would be really positive to have something in this area to match others. To have the first 3G pitch in the Highland league would be a huge boost to the big area around Huntly.”

The existing all-weather pitch is in a poor condition and the new surface would offer a wider range of usage.

Huntly FC was awarded £9480 from the Clashindarroch wind farm fund which will be used for a feasibility study and the development of a business plan for the proposal.