Giffnock Soccer Centre and Hutchesons’ Grammar School agree site swap delivering two new sports hubs in Glasgow South

Scotland’s largest grassroots football club Giffnock Soccer Centre (GSC), today concluded legal arrangements for a 60-year lease with Hutchesons’ Grammar School (HGS) to take control of the Auldhouse grass pitches and pavilion just off Thornliebank Rd. In return HGS have taken control of GSC’s Norwood playing base on Dumbreck Rd which neighbours the Hutchie school campus and new  H@PP (Hutchesons’ @ Pollok Park) facility, previously the Craigholme Sports Complex.

Jim Docherty, chairperson of GSC commented: “Today’s deal provides us with access to four immaculate grass pitches and a large pavilion. GSC Auldhouse will provide first-class playing facilities for our 1300 members, alongside our existing Eastwood Park pitch which the Club will retain. We have ambitious plans to develop the site and surrounding land, including the construction of two new 3G parks, to deliver an amazing facility. The scale of GSC Auldhouse also provides us with the ideal hub to create The GSC Foundation, a new charity promoting social inclusion for neighbouring communities.

Our club’s ethos is ‘Football for All’ and today’s deal allows us to bring more football to more communities. We are determined that community football clubs should ‘lead from the front’ in the Scottish game. GSC Auldhouse provides the home to deliver this vision.

Hutchesons’ Rector, Colin Gambles, commented “we are delighted that this facility swap will have such positive implications for sport at both GSC and Hutchie.  Having all our grass pitches a short walk away from our senior school campus and next door to H@PP is a major advantage, and the investment GSC have already put into the pitches at Norwood means we are taking on a great facility too.”

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