Funding boost for Burntisland sports group

Sports group members Cllr George Kay, Gillian Lowe and Bob Smith
Sports group members Cllr George Kay, Gillian Lowe and Bob Smith

Burntisland Sports Group has been given a major funding boost to develop new sporting facilities in the town.

The group, which has been supported by Fife Council, Fife Environment Trust and Sports Scotland, got £32,000 from the Scottish Government’s Legacy Fund.

The money will be used to create a new outdoor pitch complex on land next to the Beacon Leisure Centre.

Work is set to begin this autumn - and an appeal has been launched to generate £3000 from within the community to complete the financial pot.

It will feature a synthetic astroturf pitch with fencing and floodlighting and can be used as two seven-a-side pitches or opened up as a single pitch.

There will also be a free-to-use multi-sports court for tennis, basketball, five-a-side, dance and other group activities.

The £400,000 project has funding support of £335,000 for the astroturf pitch from Sports Scotland and Fife Council; £32,000 for the multi-sports court from the Scottish Government Legacy Fund plus £30,000 from Fife Environment Trust.

As a condition of these awards, the group is required to raise a final £3000 from within the community to complete the sports court and the members hope to do this by receiving donations from individuals and businesses in the town.

The group is asking for donations of any amount, but £50 will pay for one square metre.

Once the court is built a giant poster will be displayed naming all sponsors.

The sports group is chaired by Gillian Lowe, assisted by local councillors George Kay and Susan Leslie and ex-councillor Ron Edwards.

Community councillors Bob Smith, John Russell and Tim Hailey have also been members of the committee with Ralph Watson and Mark Lindsay.

The committee is also grateful to the late Gordon Ritchie who helped to set the project in motion.

Gillian said: “This has taken six years of hard work. There have been times when it seemed that progress was non-existent, but now we are in sight of the winning post.”

Councillor George Kay said: “It has been a great privilege to work with the group over the past six years.”

Bob Smith, community council vice-chairman, added: “The creation of an outdoor sports hub is a good news story for the town.”