Cash boost for Dalkeith Thistle Community Football Club

Dalkeith’s premier football ‘academy’ – Dalkeith Thistle Community Football Club - has received a massive boost with the news that premium housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has funded the purchase and installation of a new Astroturf playing area for the Club as part of a shirt sponsorship deal.

The £25,000 cash injection means that the Club can reduce expenditure on external training facilities, generating significant savings each year for reinvestment in the Club’s future.

The new training area will be ready for use by the end of June.

Steven Dixon, chair of Dalkeith Thistle Community Football Club, said, “This generous funding will make a tremendous difference - for the Club, our players and the wider community. The new all-weather surface means we can organize more training sessions each week within our own grounds without having to travel to other venues. We will also save money on hire costs, so the benefits will be felt for years to come.

“We are grateful to Mactaggart & Mickel for their support and I would like to pay tribute to Andrew Mickel for his personal involvement in securing this deal for us.”

Andrew Mickel, Director of Mactaggart & Mickel, said: “Stevie leads a superb team at Dalkeith C.F.C. Every one of them is totally committed to the Club, to the players and to providing a true community hub.  For our part, we are proud to be making a positive contribution to the communities surrounding our developments.” 

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has a development across the road from the Club at Thornybank Green, and is also building new homes at  Millerhill within the new Shawfair community near Danderhall.

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