Ambitious new plans have been unveiled today for a new facility at a Dundee sports club.
The Dundee East Community Sports Club (DECSC) has submitted an application to the city council for a new two storey community facility at Whitton Park, between Douglas and Broughty Ferry.
Included in the blueprint are changing rooms for sports, a coffee shop, community spaces, offices, and a new 3G sports facility.
The club believes the project could create at least 20 local jobs.
If granted, the new sports and community complex is hoped to be able to have an impact on local issues such as offering increased opportunities for more people to take part in sport and wider community projects for all generations.
Peter Ryder, vice-chairman of DECSC, said: “We now have a vital role in promoting and nurturing sporting activities at grass roots level right across the east of Dundee but that can have wider impacts on community issues as well.
“We believe that by enhancing our existing facilities we can further engage with community groups and bring genuine benefits to youths in the Douglas area, which as well as being one of the most deprived areas of Scotland, has also shown a desire, through local community consultation, to have wider opportunities and facilities on their doorstep.
“Our long-term aim is to utilise our experience and facilities by working closely with communities to support a facility that not just concentrates on football but has the ability to make social change.
“We already have potential funding streams to allow us to work in partnership with local youth providers and have been in wider discussions about local gaps as well, so it’s vital that we secure planning permission for the expansion.
“If granted, we would hope to complete the redevelopment — with the new facility built within 18 months.
“At present we have two employees, but it is our intention to create further jobs.
“There is no doubt that this is an ambitious vision but we believe it will create real opportunities for young people in Douglas and surrounding areas and we would urge the city council to back us by supporting our planning application.”