Stand and deliver

Published: 27 Dec 2012 09:300 comments

FOOTBALL bosses in Selkirk have received an early Christmas present - two new stands for their Yarrow Park ground.

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News filtered through to the East of Scotland First Division club at the weekend that the final part of their funding jigsaw for the two 52-seater stands was successful.

And officials at the club hope to see work begin as early as March.

To meet strict SFA criteria for a new Club Licensing scheme grounds must have enclosed seating areas as well as a raft of other measures.

The two stands will cost Selkirk around £25,000.

And at the weekend the Scottish Football Partnership finally agreed to award them 60 per cent of the costs.

Ross Anderson, vice-chairman at Selkirk, told us: "This is a massive step forward for us in gaining the Club Licence. We have all the other funding in place for the stands - everything hinged on the Scottish Football Partnership - we're over the moon with the decision."

Plans for the new stands, which will be located opposite the Yarrow Park clubrooms, will be submitted for local authority permission over the coming weeks.

And the design will allow for future expansion if the SFA demand a larger capacity.

Mr Anderson added: "We have scaled the designs back from what we originally planned, but there is scope with these stands to add sections on if it is needed."

The stand structures are expected to go up within the next three months with seating being added during the close season.

Selkirk entertain Kelso United on Saturday.

Manager Mike McKinnon hopes to include new signing Andy Noble in his squad.

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