Tackle a sporting challenge

East Fife Youth Academy's new fitness and wellbeing/fundraising venture for 2015
East Fife Youth Academy's new fitness and wellbeing/fundraising venture for 2015

There’s extra time for you to think about taking part in a health, fitness and wellbeing challenge hosted by the area’s football club.

East Fife Youth Academy (EFYA) deferred its 2015 sporting quest by a week – which means it will now get under way this Sunday, March 22.

East Fife Youth Academy lanuches its fitness and wellbeing/fundraising venture for 2015 (picture by George McLuskie)

East Fife Youth Academy lanuches its fitness and wellbeing/fundraising venture for 2015 (picture by George McLuskie)

This year’s community health venture – aimed at encouraging people to do something positive for themselves, while helping EFYA develop its community activities and enhance the ladies’ football set-up at Bayview – has a double helping of attractions.

One is a 43-mile cycle circuit known as the ‘Tour de Fife’, in which riders will begin and finish at Bayview and pedal to all the senior football grounds in the Kingdom, from Harbour View to Raith Rovers’ home, Stark’s Park in Kirkcaldy, then to Dunfermline Athletic’s East End Park and Central Park in Cowdenbeath, before coming back to Methil.

A half marathon is also taking place, starting and ending again at Bayview, featuring a 13-mile run which will take in a number of areas around Levenmouth, including Methil, Windygates, Buckhaven and out towards Largo and Lundin Links.

Committee members and volunteers from EFYA will be leading the events, both of which start at 10.00 a.m.

There is still time for people to register to take part and they can also turn up on the day.

Lorna McAuley, head of EFYA, hoped the funds raised would allow greater developmet of the community side of the group and expand its activities, offering more in addition to football and broadening its holiday programme, while resoucres would also hopefully go to the ladies’ and girls’ teams at Bayview.

There was still time for people to register to take part, added Lorna, and they could also turn up on the day.

People involved would be out and about with friends and doing themselves good in a healthy, invigorating way, she said.

You can contact Lorna on 0741 570 1613, email eastfifeyouthacademy@yahoo.co.uk or access the EFYA community page on Facebook.

Another major health and wellbeing venture connected with East Fife has proved a spectacular draw.

Such was the response to FFIT – Fife Fans In Training – that the 13-week project was over-subscribed and some unlucky enthusiasts had to be turned away.

The fitness programme was aimed at men in the community aged over 35 – and with a similarly-numbered waistband size – who wanted to improve their general health. It was financed by the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Trust.

Sessions feature light physical activity and the chance to find out about healthy lifestyle choices.

It was launched officially by former football commentator Archie Macpherson and ex-Scotland international goalkeeper Alan Rough.

Lorna McAuley, head of East Fife Youth Academy, said there would be a similar project for ladies starting at the end of March, after the male-only classes had drawn some enquiries.

Sessions of football for the over-35s are also coming to Bayview in Apirl, added Lorna.