‘Super-club’ funding on the horizon

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THE FUTURE of the new community sports club in Carnoustie was strengthened recently with some good news.

The Carnoustie Community Sports Club received word from Angus Council that funding would soon be available for them.

At a meeting on May 11 Councillor Bill Bowles gave the committee an update on plans for developing Newton Farm following a meeting with Angus Council officer Alistair Wilson.

He informed the committee that the club would be able to access funding from a pot of £200,000 that was to be ring-fenced for sports development in Angus from the 2013/14 budget.

Councillor Bowles said: “Angus Council are looking at transferring money into a sports and recreation budget and that money could be used for the community sports club.

“It has to be approved, but signs are looking good.

“I think it’s a very positive move and finally it looks like Carnoustie will get the sports facilities that it deserves and needs.”

A spokesperson for Angus Council commented: “The development of sports pitches and improved facilities in Carnoustie are projects which we are looking at for consideration as part of the review of the council’s Capital Plan for future years - 2013/14 and beyond.

“These proposals will be considered with other council-wide issues at a future date.”

The Carnoustie Community Sports Club has already secured an area of around 2.25/2.5 hectares, which is sufficient for two full size sports pitches, car parking and changing facilities, with a deadline for completion of August 4, 2014.

With the building of new primary schools at Woodlands and Burnside and the redesign of Carnoustie High School, greenbelt areas previously used for sport were sacrificed.

Measures were taken at the time to offset this loss, and as a result farmland adjacent to the High School was made available.

The plot of land currently earmarked for development lies opposite the school car park and is bordered by Balmachie Road and David Moyes Road on one side and extends just beyond the janitorial cottages.

It is also planned for the High School perimeter fences to be realigned and for the school pitches to be managed by the club out of hours.

Phil Hope, secretary of the Carnoustie Community Sports Club, added that the scope of the club did not end there.

He said: “We also discussed taking over the ownership and upgrading the all weather pitch at Laing Park to 3G. We are to arrange a meeting with the Scottish FA regarding funding.”

According to Angus Council, they would not be averse to a community club takeover of council-run pitches. A spokesperson said: “Pitskelly Park, which has a seven-a-side football pitch and changing facilities, is currently managed by the council but we would consider entering into talks with the community sports group if they wished to discuss adopting the park.”

On Friday at their annual general meeting, Carnoustie Rugby Club considered their invitation to join the Carnoustie Community Sports Club.

Councillor Bowles said: “The club agreed unanimously to become part of the Community Sports Club, that’s both the senior and junior sections.

“This will come into effect once it has been ratified in the near future.”

Mr Hope added: “The Rugby Club would ideally need two pitches and could use the existing school pitches if the agreement with the council materialised.”

Carnoustie Community Sports Club already consists of Carnoustie Panmure, Carnoustie Panmure Youth, Carnoustie YM and Monifieth Ladies’ Football.

The hope is to eventually draw together local sports clubs under an umbrella organisation which will own and run their own facilities which will benefit sport and the community.

The new organisation is an extension of the pre-existing Community Club partnership which had fostered cooperation between the various Carnoustie football teams and Monifieth Ladies’.

The next step for the committee will be to present their case to Angus Council, Councillor Bowles explained: “The Community Sports Club, involving all six partners, need to put together a business case demonstrating a need for outdoor sports facilities in Carnoustie.

“It should cover what they have, what they need now and what they will need in the future.

“The future of sports provision in Carnoustie is looking rosy.”

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