Kilbride Thistle AFC are determined the on-going pandemic won’t derail ambitious plans to have a home of their own where current and future generations of footballing talent can be properly coached and developed, writes Tom Scott.
Land at St Matthews Playing Fields, Saltcoats – adjacent to the local Secondary School – has been identified as the perfect location for a Club who are now 10 years old in Amateur Football, but actually date back to Under-6 level using the name of Kilbride Boys.
Revealing the plans exclusively to Scottish Amateur Football News Manager Sean Kenney said: “I have enclosed an overhead picture of the pitch we are applying for. You can just see some of the others (pitches) around the edges.”
“Unfortunately, I don’t have any photographs of all the pitches.”
With no training and games allowed at the moment, Sean has been in discussions with the local Council.
He said “We spoke with K.A. Leisure at the start of December. Many Council employees are currently in furlough due to Covid-19, and decision-making matters are clearly not possible.”
“It’s a good facility. The park is inside a Cage – surrounded by other pitches – and has a large running track, which is used by North Ayrshire Athletics Club.”
“Our first thought was what can we do to improve the facility? We would look to go in and put the park to good use.”
“The Council are operating with a skeleton staff, so it’s hard to get an answer.”
“We used to play at the venue coming through the Ayrshire divisions. The Secondary School is roughly 100 yards away from the pitches and initially could be used as dressing rooms. As part of our plans, we would build a structure inside the Cage to house ourselves and visiting clubs, dug-outs, and space for potential youth teams under our banner.”
“It would be a great Hub for us.”
“I grew up watching Clark Drive AFC (sadly no longer with us) and always wanted to play for them because of their facilities and park. I never did get the opportunity.”
“However, I want that type of set-up for Kilbride Thistle AFC. Everyone is willing to put the work in at St Matthews Playing Fields.”
Thanks again to Mr Sean Kenney for kindly providing the photograph.