Grass is in place at Dalgety Bay

It’s over with the old and the new at the Dalgety Bay Sports and Leisure Center as Fife Council and the Scottish Football Association invest over £300,000 in a new full-size 3G synthetic turf pitch for the community local.

Work to replace the existing pitch will start next month and is part of a 10-year investment program in Fife’s synthetic turf pitches across the Kingdom.

Fife Council Spokesperson for Communities and Leisure Cllr Linda Erskine welcomed the move, which will mean a much improved facility for all local clubs and groups using the popular ground.

She said: “Providing better sports facilities for Fifers is an important priority for the council. We want to encourage more people to get involved in sport and stay active – it’s essential for our health and wellbeing. – and this new ground will help achieve that goal.”

Emma Walker, chief executive of Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, the charitable trust which operates and manages leisure facilities across Fife, said: “The pitch replacement work at Dalgety Bay is great news for the local community and will provide a fantastic resource for a range of users.

“The trust is committed to expanding access to community sports and recreation opportunities and this is a great example of how, working in partnership with the council, we can provide quality facilities so that more people can become active and experience the benefits of physical activity.”

Cammy Watt, Scottish FA Football Facilities Manager, said: “We have been delighted to support the 3G replacement project at Dalgety Bay Leisure Center with a £100,000 award from Grassroots Pitch & Scottish FA Facilities Fund.

“Dalgety Bay Leisure Center is a key facility in South West Fife, supporting significant levels of football development activity as a ‘hub’ facility used by Scottish club FA Quality Mark, Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts Community Football Club. Identifying grassroots football clubs as the ‘anchor’ club for their local sporting facilities and then working with them and their local authority and leisure trust partners to improve these facilities is a key part of the ‘Power Of Football” of the Scottish FA. This investment ensures the long-term sustainability of a high-quality 3G installation for a number of years to come, allowing IHS CFC to grow even further, both on and off the field. We’re just glad we played our part in it.

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