Kick off 2015 with a sporting challenge

It’s a brand new year – and you are invited to step into a fresh health, fitness and wellbeing challenge to bid welcome to 2015!

The ushering in of a new 12-month spell on the calendar has recently been marked by another tradition in Levenmouth – the launch of East Fife Youth Academy’s high-profile community health venture.

And EFYA is offering people another chance to do something positive for themselves while helping out a local group which believes in giving young people a health-conscious, meaningful activity.

The venture was announced during the final hours of 2014 and is in two parts, with participants able to do either challenge.

March 15 is the big day and enthusiasts are invited to start preparing between now and then.

One is a 43-mile cycle circuit – known as the ‘Tour De Fife’ – in which riders will start and finish at Bayview and pedal to all the senior football grounds in the Kingdom, travelling from Bayview to Stark’s Park in Kirkcaldy, home of Raith Rovers, then Dunfermline Athletic’s East End Park and finally Central Park in Cowdenbeath, before returning to Methil.

It was hoped someone from each club would be available on the day to represent their team and greet the cyclists.

A half marathon is also taking place, beginning and ending again at Bayview, featuring a 13-mile run which will take in a number of areas around Levenmouth, including Methil, Windygates, Buckhaven and out towards Lundin Links and Largo.

“We’re looking for people to start training as soon as New Year is done with,” said Lorna McAuley, head of EFYA.

Funds raised from the 2015 event are going to EFYA, as well as the ladies’ and girls’ football club’s at Harbour View.

Lorna McAuley,head of EFYA, said it was hoped to undertake some more ambitious community projects this year, which will require a budget.

“Last year, we did some work with the social work team and we hope to expand on that, as well as offering more of a holiday programme,” she explained.

“But we need to be able to cover costs – if we can finance that through some fundraising, it will make it all the more accessible.”

Urging as many people as possible to take part, Lorna emphasised how invigorating and enjoyable exercise could be.

“People don’t always realise the benefits of it,” she added. “You can get out and be with other people, while it does a lot for your mental state and wellbeing too. There are many benefits to exercise.

“It’s a decent challenge to get you motivated and up.”

Check out more on the East Fife Youth Academy in the Community page on Facebook.

Leaders at EFYA have been delighted with the enthusiasm shown so far for the New Year Challenge and are hoping more people will sign up for it. You need to register to take part – you can obtain more information by emailing while you can also contact the head of EFYA, Lorna McAuley, on 0741 570 1613 or access the EFYA community page on Facebook. The Academy runs regular training sessions, soccer schools and camps, and works very closely with the club itself as well as the ladies’ football squads at Bayview, while providing meaningful, healthy activity for youngsters.