Cumbernauld Colts this week officially unveiled their £570,000 facility upgrade at Broadwood Stadium.
Money from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities fund – which puts the proceeds of crime to socially beneficial projects – has paid for a brand new players’ lounge, club boardroom, office and 3G pitch.
The Scottish FA played a key role in identifying the community club as a worthwhile beneficiary of financial support.
Scottish FA Chief Executive Stewart Regan and Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Justice, attended the opening ceremony.
Stewart Regan said: "Cumbernauld Colts are a fantastic example of a community football club. The new facilities unveiled here will allow more young people than ever from the surrounding area to play football every day of the week.
"The CashBack fund from the Scottish Government is making a huge difference to communities across the country and I'm delighted Cumbernauld Colts have benefited from it."
Facilities manager for the Scottish FA Cameron Watt, who also attended the unveiling, said: “The Cumbernauld Colts projects is unique.
“The stadium infrastructure has offered the club great opportunities for development off the pitch as well as on it with the creation of a players lounge, club boardroom and office.
“However, the most significant fact is the amount of football activity supported on the new 3G pitch compared to the previous natural grass surface with almost 55,000 player visits compared to just over 1,500 on the previous natural grass pitch.
“This project has brought activity to Broadwood every day of the week compared to one match every second Saturday.”
Andrew Gilchrist, Scottish FA Central regional manager, said: “I am delighted that another Central region club has been recognised of being worthy of investment from the CashBack scheme.
“Cumbernauld Colts were the first club within the Central region to achieve the Community level of Quality Mark.
“Despite holding that award the various sections of the club were based at various venues throughout Cumbernauld and outlying areas and the club lacked a central venue for its activities.
“The investment of the CashBack funding awarded to the club into Broadwood Stadium has allowed Cumbernauld Colts to establish a club home they can be proud of."
Chairman of Cumbernauld Colts Stewart McKenzie said the upgrade signalled a "fantastic step forward" for the club.
"There is a real synergy having all our coaches and players together that simply was not possible when we were fragmented across the town," he added.
"The added benefits to the club operating out of a professional stadium allows the club to aspire to new all time levels, as well as extensive access to the new FIFA grade 3g pitch we have our own accommodation within the stadium which the clubs volunteers invested many hours over the summer upgrading i.e. changing rooms, kit rooms, laundry, stores, players lounge and boardroom, we now have a place we can be proud of and can call home.
"I would like to thank all our project partners for their support in delivering this exciting groundbreaking initiative."
Diversionary and participatory sporting activity is key to the CashBack programme.
Of the 20 national organisations now funded through CashBack to provide positive opportunities for young people, eight of these are sporting bodies – Scottish FA, the Scottish Football League, Scottish Rugby Union, Scottish Sports Futures, basketballscotland, sportscotland, ClubGolf and Amateur Boxing Scotland.
In total, over £8 million has been spent on sporting activities and facilities up to 31st March 2011, with a further £16.1 million committed to projects from 1st April 2011 to 31st March 2014.
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