Football pitch improvements at Iochdar Hall
Lead organisation: Iochdar Saints football club
Potential funders: CnES, SportScotland
There is a football pitch at Iochdar Hall, which used to be the home ground to Iochdar Saints. It is currently in a state of disrepair, the grass pitch surface is rooted into very sandy soil, which is itself sitting on shingle and terram. Any damage to the pitch brings stones to the surface, and the grass wears away easily. Because of it's poor state, it is no longer in use.
After drafting a consultant's brief, we appointed MacIver Consultancy, a Western Isles based firm of civil engineers to prepare detailed plans. Thanks to an award from Awards for All, the plans are complete and have planning permission.
The resulting plans will take a lot of funding and planning to realise. We will be teaming up with the Uist and Barra Amateur Football Association, HIE, the Sports Hub at Lionacleit, Iochdar Hall Committee, Storas Uibhist and Iochdar Saints to improve the pitch. Our plans for the pitch will include additional work to improve the parking facilities at the hall, drainage, and adding changing facilities. The plans are for a fullsize floodlit 4G pitch, a first for the Western Isles. The project will cost around £1,250,000. We've raised £20,000 already, but there's a fair way to go. As a first step we will be improving the drainage around the pitch, fencing the area, and improving the grass surface.