A NEW 400-seater stand at the K-Park is set to open in mid-August.
The East Kilbride Community Trust, the charity that run the facility within Calderglen Country Park, were awarded a £122,500 grant from Paterson Quarries Limited to build the stand at K-Park Training Academy within Calderglen country park.
Construction began in June and the work is set to be completed next month with an all-star football match taking place to mark the occasion.
Monique McAdams, chief executive of the East Kilbride Community Trust, said: “This will make a big difference to the community as the average weekly footfall of people to the K-Park is 3000 per week and growing.
“During football games, especially at the weekend, we want to make sure the community comes out to support the local teams, building up the ethos of the community coming together.
“This will be a positive improvement to the facility and will benefit the community as a whole”.
The first sporting facilities at K-Park Training Academy in the country park were first opened to the public in May 2011 and currently hosts a seven-a-side pitch (which splits into two five-a-side parks) as well as a full size eleven-a-side 3G pitch with Brock underlay and a fully kitted out changing pavilion compromising four dressing rooms, separate toilets, referees room and conference room.
Trustee, James Kean, added: “It will be a more pleasant experience for the spectators, as now they will have a place to sit when they come to watch the games.
“The covered stand will be an excellent addition to the already fantastic facilities and will add to the enjoyment of the community as they will be able to sit and enjoy watching the games in a covered area protected from any bad weather.
“This will be warmly welcomed by the whole community of East Kilbride.”
The stand is the first part of an upgrade programme for the facility with other additions to be announced next week.
by Paul Thomson, East Kilbride News