East Kilbride Community Trust has a new goal … to expand the sports facilities at its K-Park Training Academy.
The charity (EKCT) has lodged plans with South Lanarkshire Council for an indoor sports facility, incorporating a multi-purpose games hall and a designated boxing facility.
Situated within the boundary of K-Park, in Calderglen Country Park, the proposed new-build will sit alongside the present pavilion, spectator stand and the outdoor pitches.
The standalone development will house a single-storey boxing gym, with the adjoining sports hall meeting the requirements set out by SportsScotland for indoor ball sports, including netball, volleyball and basketball.
If approved, new jobs are on the agenda for the town, with three staff required in addition to the four workers already employed at K-Park.
Chief executive of EKCT, Monique McAdams, said: “We already have hundreds of children participating in our K-Park soccer school, during term-time and holidays, and are closely involved in Police Scotland’s award-winning Move the Goalposts initiative to combat antisocial behaviour.
“As we approach our fifth anniversary in April, our plans for K-Park will allow us to reach even more young people and, through sport and health promoting education, help us in our aim of stopping children roaming the streets and getting involved in the kind of anti-social behaviour that brings so many problems to our community.”
East Kilbride: An artist’s impression of the development
Among those who would benefit from the proposed new facilities are the hundreds of young people who meet at the sports complex in the grounds of the charity’s founder and trustee, James Kean’s home.
For almost eight years, the East Kilbride businessman has opened his home to allow children to attend supervised karate, boxing and football sessions, free of charge.
East Kilbride Football Club’s Sunday Club for children with additional support needs also enjoy the indoor sports facilities at Mr Kean’s home.
“Our proposed new facilities at K-Park would allow all of these young people to benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities K-Park already boasts and provide access to our fully-trained coaching team.
“It will help bring able-bodied and special needs children together and break down barriers.’ “As a multi-functional indoor sports facility, it will allow the Trust to expand and grow the sporting opportunities for everyone in the town,” said Ms McAdams