Seeking a sporting chance

Cotlands Park in Kennoway
Cotlands Park in Kennoway

Supporters of sport in Levenmouth are continuing to work towards a funding goal to improve facilities as well as the area’s health and fitness.

Representatives from East Fife FC and others in Kennoway are working on plans which they hope will secure a share of around £350,000 from Fife Council, to go towards the provision of 3G or 4G artificial pitch surfaces and a general improvement in sporting facilities across the spectrum.

The money was identified in this year’s Council budget settlement “to help achieve aspirations and local priorities”.

At Bayview, the objective was to make East Fife FC the country’s best community club, while Kennoway Sports Association (KSA), and the local primary school, want to upgrade the sporting surfaces at Langside Drive and also Cotlands Park.

The groups have until October to form a business plan, followed by recommendations from the Levenmouth area committee – and agreement for funding made by the executive committee in January.

KSA chairman Bob McPhail said it had been working closely with the school and there was a need for such facilities in Levenmouth, which had produced talented sportspeople. Everybody wanted a good surface to practice on, ideally with floodlights, he said, because of dark nights and the high costs of hiring halls.

The facilities will be managed and operated by the local organisations, with no ongoing revenue costs to the Council.

Other sources of funding would be looked at, while local councillors wanted the investment to affect more than one area in Levenmouth if possible.

Among other criteria, the Council wants any proposal to show a partnership approach and give at least 50 per cent of available usage over to the community in a typical week, as well as showing how this use would be administered.