The Scottish Football Partnership working in conjunction with Cashback for communities (via sportscotland) and West Dunbartonshire Council has provided funding support to the Dumbarton Community Foundation (DCF) to assist with the cost of upgrading East End Park into a state-of-the-art 3G training and match venue.
The Dumbarton Community Foundation is currently made up of the town’s two biggest grassroots football clubs, Dumbarton Riverside (Scottish FA- Development Level Quality Mark club) and Dumbarton United (Scottish FA-Community Level Quality Mark) and was set up with the assistance of the local community council to develop and manage the long term running of the facilities at East End Park.
The level of footballing activity being provided to the local community by the (DCF) is growing year on year with around 550 players now benefiting from the new 3G surface and associated facilities. The upgrading of East End Park is pivotal to the continued growth within both clubs as this first class facility will enable them to offer more footballing provision to their members on a local level and the ability to work closely together in sharing resources and enhancing their long term sustainability.
A word from the clubs…….
“Our club has been running for 9 years and now have over 250 children, youths and disability adults training and playing football weekly. This is the first time we have had the opportunity to have a facility in Dumbarton where (nearly) all our teams can train and play together all year round. We are now significantly less reliant on leaving our town to find facilities to train and play. The quality pitch will enable our volunteers to deliver excellent training sessions to enable our players to develop to their potential.”
“Our Club is the oldest Youth Football club in the area, catering from children to youth with a Ladies and Girls team also, we have around 300 players within our club. The new pitch will have a positive impact on us as our teams are travelling outwith the town for training facilities, this will give us the opportunity to use a top class surface to produce top quality training sessions. Hopefully this will give our club the impetus to keep producing players of the highest standard.”