Association gets ball running at the MUGA

Jan Anderson and Alex Thomson, from Auchmuty Tenants Association, with children who use the new multi-use games area.
Jan Anderson and Alex Thomson, from Auchmuty Tenants Association, with children who use the new multi-use games area.

THE first ball has been kicked on a major new sports resource for people in the centre of Glenrothes, reports MIKE DELANEY.

The long-awaited multi-use games area, or MUGA as it is known opened last week. It was the culmination of years of planning and fundraising by Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants and Residents Associasion.

Chairman David Nelson said he was delighted to see that the area, in Warout Playing Fields, is already proving popular.

“The MUGA is now open for the use of children and adults,” he said.

“It can be used for games such as football, basketball, and hockey, keep fit and for many more activities.”

One would be group of users which organisers don’t want to see enjoying themselves at the MUGA are dogs.

Mr Nelson added: “This are is not for dog training, or for dogs running in - please no dogs as this is a training area for kids.

“We do not want the children picking up diseases.”

Donations for the area were received from organisations locally and nationally, including Fife Enrionment Trust, the National Lottery-funded Awards for All, Children In Need and Fife Council.

“A special thanks to Margaret Reilly and Alan Bisset of the council for their hard work in helping to set the MUGA up, and also Grant Dunning for doing a sponsored walk to raise funds for us,” said Mr Nelson.

£2000 was provided by the Employee Foundation of the VKR Group, on the recommendation of Fife Joinery Manufacturing and Mr Nelson said: “A big thank you to Kenny Anderson and all the employees for their generous donation.”

From the end of March, the area will be a weekend base for the newly-launched community bus, which will offer free activities for youuths from 6-10pm on Friday and saturday nights.

Volunteers are being sought to help out on those evenings and anyone interested should telephone Mr Nelson, or Jan Anderson on 562999.