Super-club ‘back on track’

There was a positive outlook at the annual general meeting of the Carnoustie Community Sports Club last week.

On Thursday, committee members met in the Carnoustie Rugby Club to discuss last year’s progress in the creation of a multi-discipline community sports hub in the town.

Out-going club president Gordon Harris gave a detailed report on the situation of the ‘super-club’.

He outlined early discussions with Angus Council in March of last year which had identified a 2.2 hectare plot of land at Newton Farm for development as well as initial suggestions that money would be made available from the council for the project.

In May, 2012, a formal invitation to Carnoustie Rugby Club was extended and accepted and the club began its transition to a multi-sports organisation with plans to incorporate other local clubs at a more advanced stage in the project.

Between June and September last year Angus Council’s education department gave a favourable response regarding plans to arrange access to Carnoustie High School changing facilities for teams using the two pitches which had so far been proposed for the land at Newton Farm.

In November the fledgling club took a body blow when it was revealed there was in fact no money set aside for the development and the club would have to find the vast majority of its funding from other sources.

In February the three member football clubs, Carnoustie YM, Carnoustie Panmure Youth and Carnoustie Panmure JFC, merged to become the umbrella organisation, Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

Initial meetings were also held with Angus Council in relation to the long-term lease or asset transfer of the facilities at Carlogie Park, Pitskelly Park and the astro-turf at Pitskelly.

In his summary of the year, outgoing club secretary Phil Hope, said: “The committee had achieved setting up the club and after the setbacks at the end of last year it looked like our plans were back on track.

“Following lobbying of the council, both myself and Gordon Harris were invited to meet with the Provost, council leader and other councillors.”

Also positive was that the process for purchasing the proposed land at Newton Farm, and a grant application had been submitted to the Commonwealth Games fund.

Mr Hope went on: “Everything seems to be back on track. The grant has been put in for the money for the pitches, the legal department started the process for building them and the football club is going to get started with the astro-turf. It’s a lot more positive at the moment.

“It was very bleak at the end of last year. I thought that was the end of things, but things seem to be picking up now.”

Following the reports and the conclusion of business the office-bearers were elected: chairperson, Owen Hughes; vice-chair, Howard Evans; Phil Hope stood down as secretary and a replacement will be elected at a later meeting; and treasurer Graham Mearns.

With plans progressing and the purchase of the Newton Farm land on the horizon Mr Hope was keen to encourage further community involvement in the project in a number of ways.

He said: “We are looking for members of the community who can help out now that the Newton Farm project is back on track.

“From taking the minutes at meetings to driving a JCB to flatten the land, if you can help us in any way, please get in touch. People only have to give up what time they can, if it’s only an hour or so a month that’s fine. Every little bit helps.”

Those interested in getting involved with the Carnoustie Community Sports Club can contact them through their Facebook page.