Fife Labour’s draft budget has focussed on getting more resources into sport and leisure and the Council leader says this is part of a strategy to drive up the numbers participating in sport and leisure across the Kingdom. Earlier this week Mr Rowley met up with Gordon Brown MP at Dalgety Bay to see a display by Gymtasia Evolution a local gymnastics group and advised them of the proposal to invest £100,000 into creating a new Gymnastics Training Centre in partnership with the Fife Sport and Leisure Trust. Linked to the centre it is also proposed to pilot a project over two years taking gymnastic training into primary schools.
It is also proposed to continue with free summer holiday swimming for all Fife school pupils and the ‘quid a kid access to Fifes sport and leisure centres at weekends. The council leader said these programmes had been a massive success with the numbers of children taking part breaking all expectation. He also outlined this week proposals for a £50,000 investment in football through the establishment of a Fife Football Academy in partnership with Dunfermline Athletic and Raith Rovers Football Clubs and the SFA as well as a £500,000 investment into Pitreavie Playing fields and £300,000 of support for the establishment of a sports pavilion at the ground of Glenrothes Strollers.
Inverkeithing High School community and sports facilities is to benefit from a £200,000 investment while Lochgelly High School community facilities will receive £130,000. Work is also programmed with Ice Hockey Team Fife Flyers to develop a £30,000 project to develop ice hockey in schools and at the Kirkcaldy Ice Rink. Children from sports clubs across Fife will receive support to compete in the 2014 Youth Olympiad in Bargama Turkey with £30,000 of funding towards the estimated cost of £52,000.
Mr Rowley said; “I was just amazed by the level of focus and skill demonstrated by the young gymnasts and it shows how sport can be such a positive influence on a young person life as well as meeting one of our key targets of improving health and wellbeing. We are proposing significant investment in clubs and facilities and have targeted money into the areas so that more support can be given in the local level to local clubs. There are hundreds of volunteers supporting thousands of kids in sport and leisure across Fife and the resources we are making available will allow local area committees to support more of this kind of work”.
Photo shows Alex Rowley and Gordon Brown meeting with staff and members of the Gymtasia Evoluntion group