KELTY HEARTS are hopeful of submitting plans to create a new community building at their New Central Park ground.

The ambitious Lowland League club say that they hope to provide "a number of employment opportunities" if they are given given the go-ahead for the structure, which would include a 200-capacity multi-use community hall, sensory room and a cafe.

Ahead of their opening match of the season in July, last season's East of Scotland League champions unveiled a new, all-seated stand on the 'school side' of the ground, and went on to submit plans to Fife Council to redevelop an area behind the goal at the Bath Street entrances to the ground.

Kelty wanted to create a spectator enclosure and a building housing a cafe, offices and toilets, but withdrew the plans before outlining their proposals to instead develop opposite the school side, which currently has two covered enclosures for fans.

In addition to the community hall, cafe and sensory room, new home, away and match officials changing rooms would be created, as well as a hospitality suite, creche and soft play room, a gym and health suite, club shop and an office for club management and coaching staff.

A club statement read: “The club took the decision last month to alter our plans on our ground improvements in that we shall delay the South Stand project and press on with the bigger proposed main building.

“Architects’ drawings are being drawn up and it is hoped we can have the planning application done in February, with the start date hoped to be May 19.

“This will help the club increase its revenue from the various income streams the new building will provide, giving us the platform to invest that revenue back onto the pitch in terms of improving the squad and for further improvements to New Central Park. The new building will provide a number of employment opportunities as well as offering a vibrant hub with first class facilities for the community, community club, our staff and players, and for our supporters and visitors to New Central Park on a daily basis.”