KNIGHTSWOOD Secondary School is one of five across Glasgow set to benefit from a share of £2.8 million of new sports facilities.

High schools have been chosen where facilities are in the worst condition and where the local community can also benefit, our sister title the Evening Times reported.

Extra cash will come from spare capital funding of £70,000 which had already been associated with Knightwood Secondary School but had not yet been used.

It is not yet known how much will be spent on each school.  Councillor Chris Cunningham, city convenor for education, skills and early years, said: “This is great news for the young people and staff at the five secondary schools across the city who will be able to benefit from the new, state of the art sport pitches.

“The local community will also be able to access the new facilities out with the school day.”

The council committed £2.5m for new sports pitch facilities in the secondary school estate in the 2017 budget.

A survey of the city's 29 high schools was undertaken with schools ranked using a points system to show those with the greatest need.

The five schools that ranked highest in terms of need were: Knightswood Secondary, Bellahoustoun Academy, St Roch’s Secondary, Hillpark Secondary, and Smithycroft Secondary.

Pitches will be built under the public private partnerships (PPP) arrangement between Glasgow City Council and its contact with 3Ed Limited.

3Ed Limited's contract manager Semperian has quoted £2.79m for the cost of all five pitches.

A shortfall of around £220,000 will be paid for from the current education investment programme that is seeing refurbishments and renovations to city schools.