A CALL was today made to give footballers a place to play after a bid to use a school pitch was red carded.
Woodside Amateurs had been hoping to play their Saturday matches at the St Machar Academy fields in Aberdeen.
In an e-mail to the team, Sport Aberdeen said it “had to refuse” the request because there was “no janitorial cover”.
Days later, a city council letter blamed “the condition of the shower facilities within the pavilion, which do not meet current required standards”.
Donside MSP Mark McDonald today said: “I am concerned that there appears to be two very different reasons being given by Sport Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council.
“Given the impending loss of pitches at Woodside that will result from the upcoming development at Persley Den, it is important that local clubs are given the opportunity to access facilities in or near their community.”
He added: “I would encourage Aberdeen City Council and Sport Aberdeen to reach a solution which enables a let to be awarded as soon as possible.”
The city council letter stated: “The field is currently unavailable for let by external football teams due to the condition of the shower facilities within the pavilion, which do not meet current required standards.”
A spokesman for Sport Aberdeen said janitorial cover was needed to supervise use of changing facilities, and that this was “governed” by the city council.
Woodside Amateur manager Joe McGunnigle added: “The city council should open the school changing rooms for public use at weekends.”