CUPAR ‘SPORTS TOWN’ VISION

Duffus Park, Cupar
Duffus Park, Cupar

CUPAR could become the first branded ‘sports town’ in Britain if ambitious plans get the go-ahead.

East Fife Sports Council held talks this week with various partners which share its vision of bringing all sports clubs together to discuss the possibility of creating a community sports hub.

Susan McInnes, secretary and treasurer of East Fife Sports Council, said the meeting involved a number of sports clubs using Duffus Park – including Cupar Soccer Sevens, Cupar Hearts, Duffus bowling and tennis clubs and Cupar Cricket Club – along with Jim Moffat, principal teacher of PE at Bell Baxter High School.

She said: “Clubs were so enthusiastic about the concept that the prospect of developing Cupar as a ‘sports town’ to be marketed throughout the UK and indeed the world was discussed.

“Cupar would become a place to visit, not to just drive through.”

Mrs McInnes said the Scottish Government is also keen to support the hub concept which brings sports clubs together to share facilities and ideas, as well as promote the wide range of sports in the area.

She explained: “Duffus Park has so many great sports clubs in and around the park that it creates an ideal venue for a hub.

“The Duffus hub could potentially operate around one central venue where families could have a coffee and then go off to participate in their various sports all within walking distance.

“Mum could play tennis, dad could play cricket and the kids could have a game of football.

“It may be that we can use the bowling club or the cricket club as a central meeting point at first and then have a purpose-built facility at some point.”

Mrs McInnes said the Duffus hub could also create the opportunity for further development of the Duffus Park area and for new sports and community clubs to set up.

“There could be scope for local businesses also to be involved in the set up of a cafe or to redevelop Duffus Park,” she said.

“Other suggestions at the meeting included crazy golf, ‘Himalayas’ type putting, trampolines, and even a maze.”

East Fife Sports Council has already set up two future meetings with SportScotland to look at how the hub could operate and discuss funding opportunities.

Sports clubs and anyone else interested in being part of the project are invited to contact Susan McInnes via email, susan@eastfifesportscouncil.org.uk

Another bid to bring more sport from across Fife into Cupar is currently being made by AMSoccer, which recently revealed plans to build a football academy on the outskirts of the town.

The proposal is still in the planning stages but AMSoccer said it hoped to receive backing from Fife Council.