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Pictured: Falkirk Council's Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Garner with council officer William Marshall and players from Dunipace Football Club's under-12s team outside the new pavilion at Tygetshaugh (Bottom Castle Park).

Work to replace old and deteriorating sports pavilions is nearing completion, with the keys to seven new buildings at five locations expected to have all been handed to Falkirk Council by next month (June). 

The £1.2 million capital investment has not only replaced facilities at five busy playing fields located across the council area, but also paved the way for potential Community Asset Transfer (CAT) of the new buildings.

The replacement programme, agreed by councillors two years ago, led to the demolition of pavilions at Anderson Park, Bonnybridge; Tygetshaugh (Bottom Castle Park), Dunipace; Glen Park, Hallglen; Russell Park, Stenhousemuir; and three pavilions at Stirling Road, Camelon.

Demolishing the old buildings and clearing the land made way for the installation of new utilities and foundations, with the much-needed modern facilities offering home and away changing rooms, accessible toilets, shower facilities, a room for officials, and storage space.

Cllr Garner with representatives from Bonnybridge Youth Football Club inside the new pavilion at Anderson Park.

Pictured: Cllr Garner inside the new pavilion at Anderson Park with players from Bonnybridge Youth Football Club.

The decision to erect new pavilions at the five sites was taken following a detailed evaluation of usage and condition surveys of existing facilities. The sites chosen were in the poorest condition yet had high community use, making them prime candidates for renewal.

The council currently owns a total of 33 pavilions - including these new buildings - which are expected to transition to community ownership through the council's CAT scheme. Several teams have already submitted their official expression of interest in taking over the pavilions at Anderson Park, Stirling Road, and Tygetshaugh (Bottom Castle). The council is actively seeking community partners for both Glen Park and Russell Park.

An exterior shot of the new pavilion at Glen Park which is available for Community Asset Transfer

Pictured: The new pavilion at Glen Park in Glen Village, which is available for Community Asset Transfer.

Leasing options for the new pavilions are currently being explored to ensure the new buildings are accessible and utilised by the local community until formal CATs are undertaken. The council anticipates those who regularly lease the adjacent pitches will have access to the modular buildings for the start of the 2024/25 season.

Councillor Paul Garner, Deputy Leader of Falkirk Council and Portfolio Holder for Sport and Leisure, said:

"The benefits of these new pavilions are clear: modern, functional spaces that will support local sports teams and community groups who work tirelessly to cultivate a love of sport and strengthen community spirit. By enabling constituted groups to take ownership of council-owned buildings through Community Asset Transfer, we ensure that those who benefit most from these facilities are directly involved in their management for the social, environmental, and economic wellbeing of their local area."
For more information on CAT - including how to express your interest in the transfer of Glen Park and Russell Park - visit the council's website or email