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Students' paint boost at pavilion


By Sarah Rollo

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Cooper Park Pavilion, Cooper Park, Moray College UHI, Future Focus, Carys Aspinall
Cooper Park Pavilion, Cooper Park, Moray College UHI, Future Focus, Carys Aspinall

A COMMUNITY facility in Elgin has been given a new lease of life thanks to hard-working Moray students.

The interior of Cooper Park's pavilion has been redecorated by members of Moray College UHI's Future Focus class, working towards a SQA Personal Development Award.

Armed with brushes, paint trays and rollers, they have spent every Tuesday at the facility since the end of the summer and now the interior revamp is complete.

But the students are not finished yet, and will return in the new term to paint the exterior of the pavilion as well as the pond's boating shed.

Project leader Carys Aspinall, of Fochabers, said it had been hard work, but a lot of fun.

The 16-year-old added: "It is quite a big project as there are two changing rooms, a kitchen, two toilets and the main room. The inside is now done and we will wait until the weather gets a little warmer before we start on the outside. It has been a really good experience so far."

The pavilion is leased to Elgin Cricket Club but also used by Jog Scotland, Park Run, Active Schools, Earthtime, Elgin Youth Cafe and Moray Road Runners. A plaque of achievement from the cricket club and the Cooper Park Community Sports Hub was presented to the students in recognition of the work.

In order to complete the project, each group member took on a specific role, and Carys was supported by two assistant team leaders.

Other jobs included planning, sourcing equipment, project research, correspondence, public relations, presenters and designers.

Training and development officer Alan Donnelly and the team thanked the Bell Group for providing the paint to carry out the sizeable job.

It is hoped the exterior work can be completed by May, in time for the June running event in Elgin Rotary's Triple Challenge 2019.


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