FIFE Sports and Leisure Trust is getting the ball rolling again at Dalgety Bay Leisure Centre for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic closed services.

The trust is welcoming back local club players to its synthetic turf pitches at the centre for a limited time period as it awaits the go-ahead to start its wider re-opening programme.

Bookings are being accepted for a four-week period for juniors from Monday this week to September 13 and a three-week period for adults from Monday to September 13.

The trust is also contacting club users who had regular bookings before the lockdown to ensure players can get back to training as soon as possible.

Clubs interested in making bookings during this limited period will be required to complete a block booking form and return this along with a specific COVID-related risk assessment as well as a named 'Club COVID-19 co-ordinator' to:

Scott Urquhart, sports and physical activity team manager for Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, said: “Our teams have been working hard to get our centres up and running with the highest health and safety protocols in place, and, despite not being able to open our indoor facilities, we are very pleased to be in a position to welcome bookings for our synthetic turf pitches.

“We are following measures set out by the Scottish Football Association and will require anyone making a booking to provide contact information for track and trace purposes. Access currently will be restricted to the outdoor pitches only while changing rooms and toilets remain closed.

“The use of the pitches is restricted to registered clubs at the moment and they will be required to adhere to COVID-19 track and trace obligations but we are hopeful we will open access to casual bookings in the near future.”

The trust’s wider re-opening programme will see Dunfermline venues Carnegie Leisure Centre and Pitreavie Athletics Centre opening their doors first, followed by Dalgety Bay Leisure Centre.

The next phase will then see Duloch Leisure Centre welcome back customers.