Cash boost set to make sports hub in Fife town a reality

Plans to build a sports club in the north of Glenrothes have taken a huge step forward thanks to a substantial cash boost from Fife Council.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:37 am
Kenny Crichton, chairman of the Gilvenbank Sports Hub.
Kenny Crichton, chairman of the Gilvenbank Sports Hub.

The multi sports facility at Gilvenbank Park is to receive £150,000, which those behind the project now say will give them significantly better chance of attracting further funding to make it a reality.

“This is a massive endorsement for the sports hub by the Council and add to the funding already committed,” said Kenny Crichton, Gilvenbank Hub chairman.

“It demonstrates that we now have serious backing and capital already behind us when we approach outside organisations such as Sports Scotland and that increases our chances of bringing this to fruition,” he added.”

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Headed by Glenrothes Cricket Club, the initial plan to raise £1m has since been scaled back to £300,000.

But it will still help attract people to the north of the town, where, until now, it has been bereft of sporting facilities.

The funding was welcomed by Glenrothes councillor Altany Craik, executive spokesman for finance and Corporateservices,

He said: “It has been a long haul, and the efforts of Kenny and the cricket club have been huge. By working together we have managed to get the investment in facilities that we all want to see.

“The cost of utilities and groundworks devoured the original investments that were made by the area committee and the extra investment in the capital plan will build on that.”