After some 21 years of lodging, sharing and hunting about we have finally managed to secure our very own ground in Brechin that we can call out own. We aim to have the rough area of ground transformed into a grassed playing field suitable mainly for rugby but for use of the whole community, this will be the only fully floodlit grassed area in the town. Our first steps are to grub up the area then sow high amenity grass seed to form the playing area. the grassed area will be fenced off to keep dogs off the area. Wew will be erecting environmentally sensitive flood lighting taking into consideration neighbouring properties whilst making the facility useable through the long winter nights.
We will have an early need for ground maintenance equipment such as mowers, line marking and strimmers to form and maintain the playing areas which cover an overall area of 2 hectares. There will be enough room for a full sized playing pitch with posts and a number of smaller pitches for the junior members of the club. The local Schools will have the use of the pitches through the day as currently the High School team has to travel to other towns within Angus to play their games.
We will be using some temporary storage and accommodation units to get us started but the long term aim is to build a bespoke community facility with changing and shower rooms, offices, large communal area, kitchen and a garage for the ground maintenance equipment. This new building will be built in an environmentally friendly way and will also include solar panels so that we can pay for our energy requirements and hopefully provide a long term cash stream for the club to help pay for annual rental, insurance and maintenance costs.
This is a massive undertaking for our club but over the last 21 years we have a proven resilliance and ability to keep going even in the most adverse of times and it is testiment to the club members that the club has survived, this project will not only enhance the towns community facilities but it will help the club grow with a focal point for the club and a new sense of ownership and belonging.Works on clearing the ground have begun with the overgrown vegetation being hacked back in readiness for the spraying to kill back the existing growth in readiness for new seed to be sown.