We’re pitching in for better sports facilities

Councillor Leslie with from the Burntisland Sports Group, on the site of the proposed new all weather pitches
Councillor Leslie with from the Burntisland Sports Group, on the site of the proposed new all weather pitches

Young footballers in Burntisland will be “over the moon” with the news that work could begin on two all weather football pitches next year.

So says David Costello, coaching co-ordinator for the youth section of Burntisland Shipyard F.C. who welcomed the recent decision by Fife Council to grant the final lot of funding necessary for the plans to go ahead.

And the news has also delighted the town’s councillors who say it has been “a long time in the planning.”

Mr Costello, who helped set up the youth division six years ago, expressed his delight, saying: “We have over 100 children aged six to 15 years who are all currently having to go out of town to train.

‘‘They go everywhere from Kinghorn and Dalgety Bay to Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, so it is going to be so much better if they are able to train on their doorstep.”

John Russell of the Burntisland Sports Group which helped take forward the plans, added: “When this is up and running it will give local youngsters and sports groups a place to call their own.”

Councillor Susan Leslie explained that the £340,000 cost of the project had come from three sources: £115,000 from the Council’s capital plan, £108,000 from Sport Scotland and the final £122,000 from the Council’s Community Project Fund.

“This will be a great resource for Burntisland and for the wider community as there is a great shortage of this type of facility.’’ she asaid.

‘‘ We are also really delighted that the Sports and Leisure Trust through the Beacon will be taking on their management.”

Councillor George Kay added: “This is the culmination of four years of hard work between the Burntisland Sports Group and others who have relentlessly brought this forward to ensure that we will have an all weather pitch in Burntisland, and it is fantastic that it will finally go ahead.”

Plans are due before the Council’s planning committee in November for final approval, and work could begin around April next year.

The pitches will be built on land currently used as an overflow car park at the Roundhouse next to the Beacon Leisure Centre.

A seperate plan for a multi-use games area next to the pitches is still being taken forward by the Sports Group.

Councillor Leslie added: “They are in the process of finalising funding for this and I am optimistic this too will go ahead.”