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Bonar Bridge Football Club 'thrilled' with transformation of 'semi-derelict' clubhouse

By Caroline McMorran

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The clubhouse at Bonar Bridge Football Club is now fully operational again following extensive renovation work.

Dating back more than half-a-century, the building at Migdale playing field was in urgent need of an upgrade including rewiring and work to make it compliant with fire regulations.

Visitng teams have said how much they appreciate the comfort and modern facilities in the new look clubhouse.
Visitng teams have said how much they appreciate the comfort and modern facilities in the new look clubhouse.

A fundraising drive was launched last September with more than £60,000 of grant aid forthcoming from the National Lottery Awards for All and from the Achany, Rosehall and Beinn Tharsuinn wind farm community benefit funds.

Club secretary Carrie Vetters said everyone associated with the club was thrilled with the new look clubhouse, which comprises home and away changing rooms, shower room, kitchen, committee room and referees’ room.

“The delivery of this project has been a huge success and our local tradespeople have rolled out the work seamlessly and to the highest of standards,” said Ms Vetters. “The quality of the facility has been complimented on by every visiting team so this is a great success story.”

An average of 60 youngsters a week attend the club’s training sessions and there is also has an adult team which plays in the Caledonian North League. Mid-week training is held for adult players.

Club chairman Nene Maclean said: “We have graduated from essentially operating out of a semi-derelict shell of a building to now having a fit for purpose facility."

Discussions are now ongoing with Highland Council towards an asset transfer of Migdale playing field which would allow the club to undertake improvement work.

Mr Maclean said: “The club is additionally looking to upgrade its car park surface and drainage and will continue to strive to improve all aspects of the club’s immediate environs.”

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