Scottish Football League club Dumbarton FC are launching a community foundation with the aim of getting a 3G pitch installed at their home ground.
The club have received a £150,000 government grant from the ‘Cash from proceeds of crime’ fund and hope to gain the support of the wider business community through the Dumbarton Community Foundation.
The aim is to convert the club's current sand-based surface to a 3G replacement so that the club can make better use of their pitch facilities all year round.
3G surfaces have been a bone of contention north of the border ever since the Scottish Football Association made the decision to allow clubs to install them at their grounds. Whilst managers, coaches and players may becry the long-term negatives of playing matches on synthetic surfaces, clubs can see their facilities put to better use on a financial basis.
Dumbarton hope that the pitch will provide West Dunbartonshire with its first Centre of Excellence as well as having the pitch available to the wider community.
Meanwhile Dumbarton have announced that they will be looking for a new stadium sponsor after Strathclyde Homes were placed in receivership.
A club statement said: "The recent unfortunate news that Strathclyde Homes Ltd has been placed into receivership will open a further opportunity for a high-profile sponsorship package.
"We have formally written to the receiver to terminate the existing agreement in line with the terms of the agreement, and on receipt of their confirmation, we will actively seek a new stadium sponsor.
"We continue to seek the support of local businesses of all sizes and as such we seek to provide a variety of packages to suit all budgets.
"Packages are available from around £5 per week and opportunities to be a match and ball sponsor are still available.
"Both are realistically priced and provide a great day of entertainment via good food, company and hopefully 90 minutes of enjoyable football."