Local club to run football park

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North Lanarkshire Council has confirmed plans to hand over the responsibility for a Moodiesburn football park to a community club.

Bridgend Football Club coach Paul McGovern will take on the responsibility for running the pitch on Glenmannor Road.

The news comes following weeks of campaigning from a number of local sports teams about the lack of football parks in the area.

Last month, the Herald aired the concerns of those clubs based near Moodiesburn as they battled with council officers for better facilities.

On many occasions, teams based in the northern corridor were travelling miles to host a game.

Mr McGovern hopes to receive the keys in the next few weeks and begin building a communty park for the area.

He said: “I’ve been doing this for 10 years and I can tell you there has been a lot of hurdles along the way.

“This park will open so many doors for us; once we get the keys then we’ll be able to build a hub here.

“Finally, we’ll have a place to call our own home and we won’t have to travel miles on end to play a home game.”

He added: “This will be a community park, that’s for sure. It won’t just be for us.

“Any team in the area will be able to use it and we won’t charge or anything like that.”

Local Councillor John McLaren, who has been working with Bridgend FC, is delighted to see the creation of a new community park.

He said: “This is going to make a big difference to the clubs in the area and so it’s a definite step in the right direction.

“Mr McGovern has been selected as the key holder as he has worked with a number of youth teams in the area over the last few years.

“He will ensure that all other clubs get fair use of the park each weekend.

“We are also hoping that community justice group will come in to help renovate the facilities there so the clubs won’t have to shell out the money for it.

“But for now the paperwork is being finalised and after it is all completed, Mr McGovern will be getting the keys.”

A spokesman for North Lanarkshire Council added: “We are supportive of the local football team’s goal to take over this park and we will continue to work with them to provide them with the support and guidance to make it happen.”