Community Sports Club up and running

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AFTER months of preparatory work, Carnoustie Panmure Juniors, Carnoustie YM, Carnoustie Panmure Youth and Monifieth Ladies have now formed Carnoustie Community Sports Club.

At the inaugural general meeting last Thursday the constitution was approved and the executive committee was voted in.

Officials are - chairman, Gordon Harris, Carnoustie YM; vice-chairman, Howard Evans; secretary, Phil Hope, Carnoustie Panmure Youth FC; and treasurer, Stephen Maxfield, Carnoustie Panmure Youth FC. The committee comprises Andy Finlay, Carnoustie Panmure Juniors; Eleanor Suttie, Carnoustie YM; and Justine Simpson, Monifieth Ladies.

It is the hope of all concerned that a community club will benefit sport and the area greatly with the idea of bringing in as many local sports clubs as possible.

At the moment the idea is to concentrate on the amateur football side of things, creating firstly a single football club for Carnoustie then becoming part of a community sports club with Carnoustie Rugby Club.

The football part is to allow players to move through from children to adults and to create a big enough club with better facilities to keep players in Carnoustie rather than have them leave for other clubs.

The new organisation already has outside support from the Scottish Football Association, representatives of which have been to some meetings, and they are hoping to organise a charitable trust to get the funding together to purchase land for pitches and clubrooms.

A spokesman explained that there is land available, but unfortunately no funds to make it into recreational ground. The option on the land is up in August, 2014, and at the moment the plan is to build an all weather G3 pitch suitable for football, rugby, hockey and other sports.