CUPAR’S eagerly awaited new all-weather pitch is now open for business.
The £1 million synthetic grass pitch at Duffus Park was unveiled by ex-Scottish international rugby player Dave Rollo at an event which coincided with activities to mark the centenary of the park.
Provided by Fife Council’s leisure and cultural services, it will be managed by Fife Sport and Leisure Trust from the adjoining Cupar Sports Centre.
The pitch meets full FIFA standards and will be suitable for football at all ages and levels as well as for rugby training.
The official opening was carried out by Mr Rollo and councillor Andrew Arbuckle, chair of the north east Fife area committee, with Richard Brickley, president of Disability Sport Fife taking the role of MC for the afternoon.
Councillor Arbuckle said: “It’s great to see this new facility finished and ready for local people to use; this is Fife Council investing in the future in north east Fife.
“The artificial pitch will be a real all-weather asset not just for clubs and sports people in Cupar but for those living in the towns and villages all around.”
Ed Watson, chief executive of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “We are delighted with the addition of the new synthetic pitch to the facilities at Cupar Sports Centre and congratulate partners on their efforts to deliver this fantastic community resource.
“The pitch has come about following customer demand and we welcome Fife Council’s investment which will increase opportunities for local communities to take part in physical activities — an objective the Trust is committed to.
“The pitch will be available seven-days a week and staff have already reported a really good response from people looking to take advantage of the new high-quality venue.”
Speaking on behalf of the Duffus Park Partnership which organised the event, Gina Logan said: “The Duffus Park centenary celebration event was well attended by the local community and gave local sports clubs the chance to try out the new pitch.
“It was certainly a day to remember in Cupar.
“Duffus Park clubs celebrated 100 years since the park was donated to the town of Cupar, and Ian Copland of Cupar Heritage put on a fantastic display in the bowling club which showed the history of the park and also the history of all the clubs in the Duffus Park group.”
Gina said all the clubs received a centenary trophy to commemorate the occasion.