Kirkliston South Queensferry Football Club are hoping a grant of £23,000 will help towards a more prosperous future on and off the park.
The club received confirmation their application to the Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund had been successful from a process that received more than 90 applications from an array of sport-related social enterprises across Scotland.
Coach coordinator Barrie Malcolm believes such a large sum of money is a tremendous achievement given the club has only been playing competitive football since 2008.
“We’re doing everything right at KSQ and want to move the club forward,” Malcolm explained. “We didn’t think we’d get any money when we applied, never mind £23,000, so this will be a huge help to us. We’re thinking of setting the club up as a charitable organisation and building stronger links within the community, but we’d also like to move the club forward in terms of on the park as well. We’re proud of the fact that almost all of our players are from the Kirkliston and the Queensferry areas.
“We now have over 300 kids playing under our banner as well as 50 coaches so it’s quite a big set up we have going. We work very closely with Kirkliston Leisure Centre and use the facilities there almost every day, but we would, one day, like our own grass pitches as well as a 3G surface.”
Lofty ambitions they may be, but Malcolm is confident the club will continue to build on the foundations that have been laid.
“There are quite a few things we’re looking at,” he said. “The club started out with just 30 or so kids and look how far it’s come. We want to take it to the top.”