New pitches in East Lothian

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GRASSROOTS football is set for a boost after it emerged new 3G pitches were being created in Dunbar, North Berwick and Prestonpans.

The state-of-the-art facilities follow the introduction of new pitches in Musselburgh, Tranent and Haddington. They have been funded through investment from the council, Sportscotland and The Scottish Football Partnership.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of Sportscotland, said the partnership approach was “critical” to the success of the project. “Sportscotland’s funding contribution of £600,000 will help to deliver another three first-class synthetic grass pitches for East Lothian which will be suitable for both rugby and football,” he said.

“Sportscotland is committed to investing in quality facilities as part of its drive towards ­developing a world-class sporting system at all levels and the new 3G pitches will help to increase the number of people involved in sport.”

The 3G pitches are part of the council’s legacy from London 2012 and Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.”