On Wednesday last week Sir Moir Lockhead, assisted by pupils, cut the first sod for the new sports pavilion at Lathallan School, Johnshaven.
The ceremony was the culmination of over two years of hard work raising the majority of funds for the new pavilion, and it has been made possible by generous contributions from individuals, the parents association and corporate donations including Aberdeen based transport giant, FirstGroup. Fund raising is still ongoing and is anticipated that this commencement of work will encourage further contributions to complete the project.
The new Lathallan Sports Pavilion will be multi use for the maximum benefit of the children of Lathallan, parents, visitors and the community. It will support sports activities in summer and winter bringing shelter and warmth when needed, enabling hospitality and acting as the focal point to gather and meet and support the home and away teams.
Facilities within the pavilion will include home and away changing facilities, a meeting room and associated amenities so that it can be used for Eco lessons, Sciences, Music, Art and many other educational activities.
The Sports Pavilion will also benefit the greater community as the school plays host to a number of sporting and social events including cross-country meets, the annual Mini-Highland Games, archery competitions and the annual Rugby 7s Tournament, attended this year by over 500 people.
Headmaster of Lathallan School, Richard Toley, said “We are extremely grateful to all our benefactors for their generous contribution to this exciting development at Lathallan School.
“We still have some of the funds to raise but we are confident that all the activities and efforts currently planned will enable us to reach the target before too long. This is an excellent facility which CHAP Construction is building for us and we are looking forward to its completion in spring 2013, in time for our Rugby 7’s on 27 April, winter weather permitting”.