Team work is the way forward

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A MEETING to discuss the future of amateur football in the Kirkcaldy area has raised some exciting possibilities for the future of sport in the town.

A handful of the town’s clubs, which have all received their Q-Mark certification - meaning they have met a certain standard criteria - gathered to discuss the way forward for amateur clubs which are currently struggling to survive due to lack of facilities, volunteers and funding.

It was chaired by Kevin Lee, club development manager with the Scottish Football Association, who gave a talk on how similar clubs on the Continent, as well as some in Scotland, have come together to overcome obstacles, some by creating “superclubs” with shared facilities, funding and development programmes, and others working alongside each other.

And those taking part in the meeting in Forth House, Kirkcaldy, described it as “a step in the right direction.”

Representatives came from several age groups from St Johns, Raith Rovers Ladies’ and Girls’ and Kirkcaldy YMCA Juniors and Youths.

Now a working group, chaired by Councillor Kenny Selbie (Lab), who has a particular interest in developing opportunities for youngsters in the town, has been created to look into what can be done to assist the clubs.

Facilities

And Fife Council has promised to look into the current provision and the possibility of other facilities in the town - including the plans for a new high school in the east of the town.

All clubs expressed concerns about the lack of facilities locally, highlighting how they struggle to find available pitches to meet the huge demand from around 120 local amateur clubs.

Councillor Neil Crooks said the Council wanted to help, and he was currently looking into what provision there was for indoor as well as outdoor facilities in and around Kirkcaldy.

“We have a strong football legacy in Kirkcaldy, but we have never worked together,’’ he said. ‘‘Other clubs in the town might want to get involved in this and it is better for the SFA and for football in general to take the decision to come together.”

Tam Poneskis, assistant manager of Raith Rovers Ladies and Girls Football Club, said: “W need to decide if we can work together under one banner, whether that is Kirkcaldy Sports or whatever. Together we are very knowlegeable people and we can bring everyone together to decide what we need to do and how we should be doing it.”

The next meeting is on March 26.