East Ayrshire Council continues to reach out to local communities to promote the opportunities available through Community Asset Transfer.
Two recent events, held last month, targeted the sporting community, with a particular focus on the review of local pitch and pavilion facilities across East Ayrshire.
These events were well attended, with 47 people representing 28 sporting clubs and organisations across the authority, including the Scottish Football Association, turning up to learn more about the process.
Cammy Watt, Facilities Manager with the SFA said: “East Ayrshire Council’s approach to the asset transfer of football facilities to well governed community football clubs in their area is commendable. Facilities are often the key issue that limit clubs in their development. This strategic approach will hopefully ensure fairness and consistency for all involved – something which can be missing when these arrangements are made on a single pitch, single club basis.
“In addition, the support East Ayrshire Council has committed to giving clubs on an ongoing basis is hugely positive. The process of transfer is only the beginning of the journey for the clubs involved. Having responsibility for their ‘own’ facility means they need to start thinking as a business, not just a football club. Knowing they have the support and knowledge of Council officers behind them is an equally vital element in the whole process.”
Eric Bennett from Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise found the event beneficial. He said: “This was a well presented and valuable session, and seeing the structured way the Council has developed the Asset Transfer process, helped me understand the process better. The support available was very encouraging.”
Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council said: “This is an excellent turnout from our sporting clubs and organisations. These pitches and pavilions are vital resources for our communities and I am heartened to learn that so many of our local organisations are keen to embrace the opportunities available to them through our Community Asset Transfer policy.”
A closing date for initial expressions of interest has been set for 16 December. If you wish to submit an expression of interest or require further information please contact the CAT team on 01563 578189.
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