DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC look set to move into their proposed training facility in Rosyth early next year after confirming redevelopment work has kicked off.

The first phase of the project to transform the former Civil Service Sports Club, on Castle Road, has begun and is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

A state of the art 4G astroturf pitch, complete with floodlighting, will be installed alongside modular dressing rooms, and other amenities, which will provide full use for the football club's first team and academy squads, as well as sporting activities for the Pars Foundation, the charity which runs community programmes on their behalf.

In November 2021, the Pars concluded an agreement to take over the Civil Service site, having been named as the preferred bidder for it earlier that year.

The club had hoped it would be operational by June 2022, but it is now set to be ready for use within the next four months.

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Athletic chairman and CEO, David Cook, attended a breaking ground ceremony, alongside manager, James McPake, and first team stars Matty Todd and Lewis McCann, both of whom came through the club's youth system, and commented: "We are delighted to commence construction work at Rosyth.

Dunfermline Press: David Cook, alongside James McPake, Lewis McCann and Matty Todd, take a look at the site.David Cook, alongside James McPake, Lewis McCann and Matty Todd, take a look at the site. (Image: Craig Brown.)

"Alongside the time it has taken to secure planning, we have also had to conclude dialogue with possible funding partners to get to this point. I’d like to thank everyone for their patience during this process. I know this has been a topic that supporters have been keen for updates on, and now we are pleased that things can get moving on site.

"When the first phase is completed, we will be able to house all of our footballing activities on one site – across first team and academy, along with many hours for our Pars Foundation. This is a major milestone for the club as we look to create a centre for sporting excellence.

"Furthermore, it is great that we can start to modernise the former CSSC site for the benefit of the local community."

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In addition to a floodlit artificial pitch and changing facilities, initial proposals for the site's transformation, which will be carried out by local contractor and specialists in the development of sports facilities, Doe Sports, included two full-size grass pitches; warm-up and goalkeeper areas; an education and analysis auditorium; offices and meeting rooms; a kit room, laundry and boot room; an indoor sports hall; a kitchen; and an eating and rest area.

Additionally, it was also planned that the club's strength and conditioning gym, which is currently situated in the corner of the Main and East stands at East End Park, would also be relocated to the new facility.

Pars boss McPake commented: "I’m delighted to see that work has started on our own training ground at Rosyth.

"From the development of the young players to preparing for first team games, the training base will be a massive help and further develop this football club."

Dunfermline Press: Pars boss James McPake (centre) hopes the new facility can help the club produce more stars like Lewis McCann (left) and Matty Todd (right).Pars boss James McPake (centre) hopes the new facility can help the club produce more stars like Lewis McCann (left) and Matty Todd (right). (Image: Craig Brown.)

Wendy Eley, chief operating officer of the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC), added: "We are excited to hear of the progress being made as we know Dunfermline Athletic have worked tirelessly to develop the site, and this is a major first step for them.

"We look forward to the future and continuing the open, rewarding and respectful relationship between the two organisations."