Work has begun on building a regional indoor football training facility at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre in Glenrothes.
The facility, which is funded by Fife Council and sportscotland, will be the first of its kind in Fife.
Cllr Mark Hood, Executive Committee member and Chair of Fife Sports Partnership explained: “This facility will have a particular focus on training and development with access for grassroots football programmes and clubs.
“It will also be a really valuable asset for Fife Football Performance Academy and Fife Elite Football Academy.
“I’m extremely pleased that we’re now at construction stage on this exciting project which will improve on the already impressive and popular range of facilities available at the Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre. I’m sure it will be a fantastic asset for Fife’s footballing and rugby communities from the offset.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “At sportscotland we are building a world-class sporting system in Scotland and we know the best way to achieve this is by working with our partners to develop more and better opportunities for people to take part in sport at every level.
“Facilities like the Michael Woods Centre have an important role to play in providing those opportunities.
“By linking schools, clubs and performance sport, a strong pathway will be created to give young footballers in Fife the environment they need to be the best that they can be.”
The facility is being built next to the existing outdoor Synthetic Turf pitches and athletics track.
It will be operated by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust on behalf of Fife Council and will be available for casual bookings too.
Ed Watson, Chief Executive for , said: “Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre has proved extremely popular with the local community since its doors opened – thanks to its state-of-the-art facilities and range of programmes we are delighted that so many people are choosing to visit and get active.
“The addition of a dedicated indoor facility for football and rugby use is a real boost for the centre and staff are very much looking forward to strengthening partnership working with clubs and sporting bodies to maximise its potential.
“We also look forward to welcoming local customers who want to take advantage of this fantastic facility to participate in physical activity.”
Dan Collinson, MD of the sports hall manufacturer and principal contractor for the project added: “Collinson are delighted to be working with Fife Council and sportscotland to deliver what will be a fantastic facility, it is always great to be a part of shaping the future of community sport and creating opportunity.”
Pictured: John Gheel, Project Manager, sportscotland with Cllr Mark Hood and Ed Watson