Recently formed Carnoustie Panmure FC is the first club in the SFA East Region to be awarded the SFA Legacy Award.
This is the highest level in the SFA Quality Mark and recognises clubs for their work in growing the game, providing a complete pathway for players, coaching and development.
Phil Hope and Andy Findlay attended the presentation evening on Friday at McDiarmid Park to collect the award on behalf of the club which already caters for a total of 370 members, comprising boys, girls and adults.
Last Monday saw the planning process for the new pitches at Shanwell Road start with a public consultation at Carnoustie High School.
About a dozen members of the public were in attendance.
A club spokesman stated: “There has been some opposition to the plan with some locals claiming there are already enough pitches in the town.
“We plan to continue steady growth by increasing the number of players year on year to be able to increase the number of seven-a-side teams and increase the number of under-19 players moving up to the adult teams.
“We expect strong growth by expanding the provision of girls’ football in the area.”
He continued: “Although there is an 11-a-side pitch at Carnoustie House Grounds, this is used by the other clubs in the town. The remaining seven-a-side pitch there is affected by protruding roots and overhanging branches.”
He continued: “The ideal scenario for the club is to gain new 11-a-side pitches for the younger teams and convert Pitskelly Park to a venue for the Academy and seven-a-side teams, with four seven-a-side pitches. Toilet facilities will also be added at Pitskelly.
“We plan to upgrade the Astroturf to 3G to allow greater use for training and matches. We also plan to improve facilities at Carlogie and Laing Park to ensure we can continue to attract players to the town.”