Sports hub plan progressing

The new chair of Carnoustie’s umbrella sports group is looking forward to real progress following Angus Council’s purchase of the necessary land.

Carnoustie Community Sports Club chair Owen Hughes welcomed the recent purchase by Angus Council of land at Newton Grange Farm for £1.

As a father and sportsman Owen is acutely aware of the need for more facilities in the town. He said: “I’m delighted Angus Council exercised the option to buy this land.

“My rugby playing days are coming to an end and my son is starting to play sports at a young age and I can see there is a shortage of pitches.

“When I was approached to take on this role I saw an opportunity to put something back into sports.”

He continued: “The club now has 400 associated members through the six affiliated clubs and the newest welcomed club is the Carnoustie Athletic Amateur Football Club.

“We are all looking for the same thing, more facilities and more pitches.”

The committee already has some ideas about how they want to go about putting together the sports hub, including using modular temporary buildings which come in a variety of styles and prices to create suitable cost-effective facilities which could be expanded at an achievable rate.

Owen said: “Round one of our funding targets would enable us to buy changing rooms and then round two would see us able to add a clubhouse.

“Basically the plan is to fund-raise through grants and sponsorship and build changing facilities and a clubhouse and operate from there as the umbrella community sports club. That’s pretty much it.”