Members of a long-established Craigneuk football team are appealing for help to make their dream of a new park a reality.
Craigneuk Amateurs, which celebrated the 25th anniversary of its formation this year, are aiming to turn the park – known locally as The Humph – into a community hub to be used for other sides and youth teams.
Players and management have been fundraising throughout the pandemic and the team recently gained charitable status, allowing them to apply for grants to improve the park.
Craigneuk Amateurs manager John Collins said: “We’re putting in a lot of work to get the park developed and are in advanced talks with the council over a long term lease.
“We’re hoping to find sponsors who are keen to help us develop our ground.
“We’re running regular fundraisers to help with the running of the club and to build our balance ahead of the new park to help us push forward and secure the lease.
“The long-term aim is for this to provide a lift to the local community. Providing access to watch a good standard of football at a local park would be huge.
“We’re also looking to partner with community football teams and provide access to the park for young kids looking to get involved in football.
“Ideally we’d make steps to bring back our colts teams and start up a boys club on the back of this.” Craigneuk councillor Kenneth Duffy has been assisting the team in their bid to take control of the park.
He said: “The club and committee are working tirelessly to get a permanent home ground set up.
“They have big ambitions for the park and are determined to create an asset to be used by people in the community from all ages.
“It’s been a long process, not helped by the ongoing pandemic, but light is appearing at the end of the tunnel and I will continue to support the club in every way I can.”