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CAMPAIGNERS have won a battle to save vital football pitches in a Glasgow community. et_logo_smaller.gif

The pitches at North Kelvinside in the West End were listed as “surplus to requirements” by the city council in January last year.

Bosses stopped maintaining them and it looked likely the valuable land would be sold for housing.

But the move sparked fury among sports groups who insisted the council should be promoting more active lifestyles.

 

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Now the blaes pitches on Queen Margaret Drive have been saved – and are in line for an upgrade – after the city’s new culture and leisure trust decided not to sell them.

Campaigner Mark Adams, chairman of North Glasgow Football Development Group, said: “We are delighted they’ve been saved.

“It’s a huge boost for the kids in the area as Maryhill is one of the most under-provided areas for sport facilities in the country, never mind the city.

“The pitches were at threat from development, because it’s a valuable site. It would have had a massive impact on the area if they’d been sold.”

References: What Do We Get Out Of The Games

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