And on Sunday ye shall rest ... and not play footy in Kirkintilloch!

Councillor David Ritchie outside  St Ninian's High School astro turf pitches in Kirkintilloch 18.2.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Councillor David Ritchie outside St Ninian's High School astro turf pitches in Kirkintilloch 18.2.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes

YOUNGSTERS have been told they CANNOT play matches at state-of-the-art facilities on a Sunday.

East Dunbartonshire Council has a ‘no-lets on a Sunday’ policy at St Ninian’s High School and Kirkintilloch High School’s new astrograss pitches.

But Lenzie YC say the rule needs to be relaxed as the harsh winter weather has seen them play just one fixture at their Boghead grass pitch in the past four months.

Club president Ian Stevenson said: “They say they have no-lets on a Sunday at these pitches, but they aren’t really empty because local kids just climb over the fence and play games anyway.”

The ban has seen Lenzie forced to ‘reverse’ their home fixtures - and effectively play away matches at astrograss pitches in Glasgow and North Lanarkshire.

Ian added: “How much can it be to open a pitch on a Sunday from say mid-day to 6pm and hire a caretaker?

“This is effectively taking money away from East Dunbartonshire Council when they could be doing with extra funds.

“The league we play in runs on a Sunday and we’ve got these wonderful facilities that we really should be using.”

Lenzie YC have helped produce many professional footballers since their formation just over 30 years ago, including the likes of current Scottish internationalists and English Premier League stars Barry Bannan and Stephen Crainey.

A spokesperson for East Dunbartonshire Council said: “The use of schools on Sundays both regular and ad-hoc is not accommodated in present policy and practice, owing to the cost of making the facilities available for community use and the potential disruption to neighbouring residents.”