A Lanarkshire football team have returned home to their own park after years of hard work.
Craigneuk Amateurs played their first home game at the park, known as The Humph, after securing a long-term lease with the board.
The club, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, aims to transform the park into a community center to be used by other teams and youth teams.
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Players and management have raised funds throughout the pandemic, and the team recently gained charitable status, allowing them to apply for grants to improve the park.
The team played in the West of Scotland Cup against Shortless on Saturday, although the result was not to their advantage as the Amateur Shortlees emerged victorious 6-1 to progress.
Writing on their Twitter page Craigneuk Amateurs said: “What a day for our club. A lot of hard work over the past few months and years from our committee and the players to get us to this point.
“We had great support. The result was not there but there were some positive points to be drawn from the performance.
“The big positive today was to be back at The Humph. The park looked great, although it was a bit difficult in some areas and there was a good crowd to support the team which was nice to see.
In June, Craigneuk councilor Kenneth Duffy worked with the team to secure a lease for the use of the park.
And Councilor Duffy was in the crowd on Saturday to see the team play their first game in their remodeled home.
He said: “I am delighted that Craigneuk Amateurs finally had their first match at The Humph.
“It has taken a long time and I would like to thank both the board officers involved and the team for their patience and understanding during what has been a difficult time for all of us.
“It is essential that we do everything we can as a board to encourage exercise as a way to tackle the mental health and wellness issues that the past 18 months have posed for us and Craigneuk Amateurs has some exciting plans. for this center.
“I’m delighted it’s now over and it was great to see the team, put the full time result aside, play at home.”
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