Glenrothes sports hub dream

Gilvenbank Park
Gilvenbank Park

Sports clubs in Glenrothes have teamed up to produce a plan that could bring an ambitious new sports initiative to the north of the town.

The cricket, athletics and tennis clubs of Glenrothes say they are confident they can realise their desire to build a £900,000 multi-facility sports hub to be sited in Givenbank Park.

And the potential new sports facility has just received the unanimous backing of the town’s councillors who have this week pledged £50,000 towards the costs of making the plans a reality.

Fife Council’s financial commitment is available as long as the three clubs can secure other match funding.

The clubs have already approached architects to draw up potential designs and are in negotiation with SportScotland and Strengthening Enterprising Communities to secure the bulk of the necessary funding.

£5,000 for a feasibility study to be carried out a further £3,000 to pay for legal fees has also been secured.

The proposed facility will include changing facilities for eight teams, three floodlit tennis courts, substantial playing areas for both cricket and football, as well as an extensive sports building which could be used by all aspects of the community.

The three clubs also have a a fundraising initiative in place to help them bring about the funding needed.

Councillor Kay Morrison said she was delighted to see a plan to increase the use of Gilvenbank Park.

“This is a huge project and our contribution is drop in the ocean in comparison to what is required to make it happen, this is the sort of plan we as representatives of this town should be supporting,” she added.

Peter Grant added: “I commend the clubs for working together to potentially create something bigger and better than they could have delivered on their own.

“Gilvenbank is clearly the right place for this type of project.”

Altany Craik told fellow councillors the project was a “no brainer” and would deliver a finished facility “20 times the value of our commitment when completed”.

A progress report is expected in spring 2015.