Hillhead Sports Club in Glasgow has praised the generous support of two local firms.
Richard Austin Alloys and George Gilmour (Metals) Ltd supplied materials and worked for nothing to secure the club’s main stand by fitting new aluminium screens.
The work saw the replacement of protective covers to the front of the 152-capacity stand, which offers prime viewing of the club’s main rugby pitch and its cricket square and outfield.
The project would have cost the club £20,000, which was beyond its budget, but the two firms waived charges to get the essential job done.
The screens deter intruders out of hours and ensure the facilities benefit the club and supporters.
The two companies designed and fabricated 22 lighter aluminium screens to replace heavier mild steel screens that were previously fitted and which were difficult to move as well as having a poorer appearance.
After checks with a sample panel, the project was duly completed.
Hillhead Sports club chair Alan Wilson said: “The incredible kindness and support shown by the late Sean Kelly of Richard Austin Alloys and John Gilmour of George Gilmour (Metals) really is a game-changer for Hillhead Sports Club and ensures our Fraser Stand is fit for purpose in 2023.
“We had long hoped to undertake these essential works only for the pandemic and then supply chain issues to conspire against us.
The incredible kindness and support shown by the late Sean Kelly of Richard Austin Alloys and John Gilmour of George Gilmour (Metals) really is a game-changer for Hillhead Sports Club and ensures our Fraser Stand is fit for purpose in 2023.
“However, there was collective determination to get the job done and this, together with the generosity of these two local businesses, combined to accelerate the project from autumn of last year.
“Everyone at the club is thrilled to have seen the works completed this month and we all share in the sincere gratitude to the late Sean and John, who have demonstrated the community spirit which is the very essence of amateur sports clubs such as Hillhead.”
The Fraser Stand at Hillhead Sports Club, which lies on the grounds of Hughenden War Memorial Playing fields, just off Great Western Road, opened in August 2015, is fully covered and includes provision for three disabled spectators.
Hillhead Sports Club provides facilities for cricket, rugby, tennis, shinty and ultimate frisbee and boasts a fitness club, gym, restaurant, bar and indoor space for fitness sessions, social events and hospitality.
Gary Kitchener and Andy Scott, respectively President and Secretary of Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, completed the onsite finishings and are pictured alongside a very happy Barney the dog.