Councillors in Levenmouth have approved funding which will see a new post created at East Fife Youth Academy.
The group will receive funding of £15,000 which will help pay for a new development officer for the academy, who will be charged with taking forward a range of initiatives for the club.
Currently EFYA, founded in 1999, has over 400 members, employing three members of staff and relying on 70 dedicated volunteers to provide people, young and old, in Levenmouth with a place to go for fun and safe physical activities.
Over the funding period of two years, the new development officer will be tasked with bringing forward a range of initiatives at the club.
These include increasing access to sporting opportunities for young people with additional support needs, a Primary School Education Trail to help improve children’s literacy and numeracy through football, a sports leadership programme, and a specific girls programme.
Despite approving the report, councillors did voice concerns that the funding could set a precedent for paying for the salaries of other posts at different clubs.
Councillor Andrew Rodger said: “My concern is that we will be paying for someone who was previously a volunteer. We are in an area of deprivation – I’d rather, as a council, we contributed something to help reduce the cost of taking part for the kids, rather than pay for a salary.”
Cllr Charles Haffey added: “There are lots of volunteers out there who work hard, but there are only 24 hours in the day and there does come a time when they need professional and paid help.”