Football festivals marks the opening of facilities

Cupar Soccer 7s - official opening of facilities at Lady Inch. Dod Player (in white) cuts the ribbon to mark the opening.
Cupar Soccer 7s - official opening of facilities at Lady Inch. Dod Player (in white) cuts the ribbon to mark the opening.

A new sporting facility at Lady Inch in Cupar opened its doors at the weekend with local youngsters amongst the first to try it out.

From fun four a side pitches for five, six and seven year olds, five a side pitches for the older primary age groups and seven a side for the secondary school sides, the setting was perfect for the exhibition of talent on show.

The event was staged as the Cupar venue showed off its new changing and storage facilities.

Boys and girls teams from Cupar Soccer Sevens, Cupar Colts and Violet Girls enjoyed training and friendly matches before proceedings started at midday.

Head coach, Pete Beaver, gave a brief history of the club’s reclamation of the former school athletics field which had been allocated for housing.

He pointed out that having hosted teams from as far as Aberfeldy and Forfar, it was an embarrassment to ask them to change at the side of the pitch and have to walk to the sports centre to use the toilet.

Pete introduced former professional Stuart McCaffrey, whose career with various clubs including Inverness, St Johnstone and Hibs, ended prematurely with injury, but who now works for the Scottish Football Partnership.

Stuart told the audience how important it was to be able to provide good facilities so that players could flourish.

The club spent over £11,000 on the facility with the SFP providing the fully kitted out containers, architects services and £5000 towards groundworks.

Liz Anderson, the new Scotland under 15 girls coach, who also coaches the club’s girls and is player manager of the first XI, spoke about the link up between Cupar Violet Girls and East Fife Ladies and how the player pathway has benefitted both clubs.

Thanks were extended all those who give up their free time to coach and also to those in the background who helped make the vision a reality including Mark Simpson and Swilken Joiners.