THE Lumphinnans Sports Hub has received a four star grading following a Visit Scotland inspection.

Since opening in 2015, the state-of-the-art, full-size 3G synthetic turf pitch has delivered better facilities for local players as well as a home for the Fife Football Performance Academy.

The Fife Council hub is operated by Fife Sports and Leisure Trust and has seen over 57,000 attendances since its doors opened.

Sharon Johnstone, area leisure manager for the trust, said: “We are very pleased with the four stars Visit Scotland rating.

"We scored 82 per cent, only a few points away from scoring five stars, taking us from ‘excellent’ to ‘outstanding’, so this gives us something to aim towards.

"We are committed to delivering quality facilities which allow people, of all abilities and ages, to access sports and leisure opportunities so they can benefit from the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity.”

The purpose-built sports centre benefits from floodlighting, a car park and a clubhouse with modern changing rooms.

As well as being a vital resource for clubs and talented youngsters, Lumphinnans Sports Hub is also available to the community for general pitch hire.

Councillor Judy Hamilton, convener of the council’s community and housing services committee, added: “Lumphinnans Sports Hub is a fantastic new local facility that has also proved to be a great asset for the Fife Football Performance Academy.

"I’m pleased at its ongoing popularity and that its high standard has been recognised."

She added: “It’s important that we continue to improve access to sport and leisure opportunities in our efforts to encourage more people to be active and reduce the health inequalities that exist.

"Offering good quality sports facilities like this is a contributing factor in reaching this goal.”

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