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It’s Soil Good

COLERAINE FC was pleased to donate soil from The Showgrounds pitch and fishing rods to the Ashes for Gold charity…

As the Bannsiders get set to enter a new era with the installation of a 4G pitch, 30 tonnes of soil from the grass pitch have been donated to a new home.

The soil will help the Ashes for Gold charity, which is based in Coleraine, to create a wildflower area which focuses on inspiring the community to get physically active and produce their own food in a sociable and supportive environment.

Furthermore, fishing rods and tackle which were donated by Coleraine supporters, will help the charity deliver coaching sessions for the very first time.

Stevie McCann, Club Secretary, said: “The club is delighted to be able to support this charity in a practical way by delivering approximately 30 tonnes of the soil from the pitch.

“Ashes to Gold schemes benefit our local community and it is great to see the topsoil being reused in this way.

“Bannsiders have also recently donated fishing rods and tackle to the same charity, and I’d like to thank everyone who got involved.”

Alison McCloskey, Administrator for Ashes for Gold, explained how the donations will be made to good use.

“The donations of fishing rods are greatly appreciated,” she added.

“We want to introduce fishing to the local community and don’t expect everyone to have the equipment so everything that has been donated will be used in our coaching sessions – so a massive thank you to Coleraine fans.

“The soil donated from the Coleraine pitch will be used to create a wildflower area at the GROW project which is used by local groups including adults with learning disabilities, a young men’s group battling isolation and many more.

“It’s really exciting this area will be developed using Coleraine FC’s pitch.

“We would like to thank the club again for their kind donations. It is really heartening to see the club supporting a local charity like ourselves and hopefully we will have a chance to work together at our projects.”