Windfall to help group to become good sports

Royston Youth Action
Royston Youth Action

A dedicated youth group is a step closer to creating a new sports facility after landing a funding boost worth nearly £25,000.

Royston Youth Action has been awarded £24,900 from the Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund - which has been set up with £500,000 provided by the Scottish Government Legacy 2014 programme and £500,000 from The Robertson Trust.

The money will be spent on carrying out a major and wide-ranging community consultation on the need for a community sports hub in the Royston area - focussing particularly on the development of Glenconner Park.

There will also be a ‘feasibility study’ which will investigate the various costs associated with the huge project - including budgets for planning, budgeting, architect and design, business planning, and legal and technical support.

The work is being done in a drive to ensure that “the best possible facility can be built depending on the community needs and wishes”.

Other locations are also contained in the ‘Royston Vision and Strategy Document’, including the sporting facilities at St Roch’s Secondary School.

Andrew Muir, chairperson of Royston Youth Action, told the Herald: “This award is fantastic news for Royston Youth Action which works extremely hard along with the local housing providers and partner organisations to improve the quality of life for local residents.

“I look forward to working even more with the local residents, national and local elected members and numerous local organisations to ensure that residents sporting and leisure aspirations are achieved.”

Royston Youth Action is a community-owned organisation based in a youth centre and community hall in Royston, mainly working with youths aged 12-25.