K-Park Training Academy plans for the community.15-Jun-2012
Our initial plans in relation to sports activities are to promote the health and fitness of the next generation of young footballers, rugby players and athletes in the town of East Kilbride. The EKCT intends to do this through enhancing participation in sport through the provision of state of the art facilities and professionally led programmes. The first phase of our first project was at Calderglen Country Park in East Kilbride where we created a new sports facility, which has become part of a sports hub. This project involved the creation of a full size 3G pitch, two 5 a side pitches, changing pavilion, perimeter fencing and floodlights. This facility was opened for public use in May 2011.
Trustee James Kean said "It has now become a strong base for youth football in the community which is an absolute joy to see and be a part of creating". The three leagues which children’s’ teams in East Kilbride participate in have been informed about this development and invited to use the Trust’s facilities and they have greeted the plans with considerable enthusiasm. In addition to football we provide training facilities for the East Kilbride Rugby Club and all of its junior teams.
Strong links have been established with both Sports Development and Active Schools within South Lanarkshire Leisure (SLL), and in particular with the football and rugby development officers. Both the football and rugby development officers have a focussed approach with respect to the development of sporting pathways. The strategic approach to the development of these sports includes a range of planned opportunities including participation and player development opportunities, school programmes and links to local clubs/club development. The provision of this quality pitch will allow opportunities for a consolidation and expansion of each of these areas of work. We also work hand in hand with the East Kilbride Sports Club and all other involved parties to further develop the sports hub initiative for the people in East Kilbride.
K-park training academy has been built on land that previously was an open grassed area with poor drainage which was overgrown and untended and a general eye sore as part of the Calderglen Country Park. It was in such disrepair that it wasn’t even listed as part of the pitch strategy as the regulatory body wouldn’t include it as part of the playing field programme, therefore it didn’t have any government funding allocated to improve it for the community to actually be able to use it. K-Park training academy now provides additional options for local football, rugby, athletic and sports clubs, in particular the East Kilbride Sports Club, whose facilities are adjacent.
Without community engagement there is often urban decay. By providing this centre of excellence for football will help decrease the urban decay.