Club benefits from criminal cash

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WORK is now under way to create a 3G football pitch in Broughty Ferry thanks to cash clawed back from criminal activity.

The Dundee East Community Sports Club have been awarded £160,000 from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme, which sees money raised from the proceeds of crime given back to local organisations.

And another grant of £40,000 from the Scottish Football Partnership means that the training area at Whitton Park can be upgraded.

Work started on the project last month and it is hoped that it will be completed by the end of July.

The Dundee East Community Sports Club incorporates several different clubs under one umbrella and was established in time for the 2009-10 football season.

The clubs include Broughty Athletic Football Club, Broughty Athletic Amateur Football Club, Broughty United Youth Football Club and Douglas Lads Club.

And vice chairman Peter Ryder explained that the community club were in need of new facilities to accommodate the ever growing club.

He said: “Bringing together the various clubs has resulted in DECSC taking on membership of almost 1,200 participants and around 100 volunteers, who administer, coach, officiate and maintain facilities for the community of Dundee East.

“With a growing population and increasing club membership the facilities at the site were not at a standard to allow the continued development and growth of the club or expansion of social and diversionary activities on the site. 

“Following significant consultation with the local community of Dundee East, plans were put in place to improve the capacity of the facilities to deliver an enhanced experience that would help the club deliver on its ambitions to grow and take on partnerships.”

And it is also hoped once the work is completed the facility will be open to all of the community.

Mr Ryder added: “The club facility will be used as a quality social environment for the community as well as a popular sporting hub.

“Dundee East Community Sports Club has joined with LEAD Scotland in providing volunteer opportunities and is especially proud of the success of the first volunteer to achieve his Millennium Volunteer Award.

“The club has approached Dundee Voluntary Action and the Volunteer Centre Dundee to explore other ways of working with other organisations and people in the voluntary sector.”