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Cove Youth FC announce joint venture for a small sided pitch

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Cove Youth Football Club (CYFC) and the Chris Niven Cup Committee (CNCC) announced a massive boost to a joint venture project to create a small sided community Astroturf football pitch at Gateway, Cove, in memory of CYFC's former player Chris Niven.

Last week, Cove Youth Football Club had an application for community funding which was given 100% approval by the "Active Aberdeen Partnership" (AAP) to the tune of a six figure sum (in excess of £100k).

The date and final figure for the funding is presently unknown but the approval of the project has now been forwarded to Aberdeen City Council (ACC) for final agreement. CYFC and CNCC will now be working closely with the AAP to meet certain conditions and criteria that will aim to ensure that ACC has a clear pathway towards supporting the funding application.

Once the funding approval is fully agreed and processed by ACC, the dream of creating a small sided Astroturf pitch with floodlights could soon become a reality at Gateway.

This funding development follows more than two years of fundraising by the CNCC and CYFC that has presently and jointly raised just over £50,000.00. The funding agreed by the AAP, in conjunction with the community fundraising so far, could soon see a purpose built small sided Astroturf football pitch that would be a major boost to the members of CYFC and the wider community of Cove.

As soon as the news of the AAP funding approval was received, CYFC submitted planning permission to ACC to ensure that there are no undue delays once the funding receives the final approval from ACC. The funding approval has one final hurdle to clear before the project can proceed to construction.

The community fundraising will continue throughout 2018 with this year's Chris Niven Cup scheduled to take place at Gateway on Saturday 7th July and there are also further fundraising efforts within the club to further develop the community fund that will hopefully be enhanced with the six figure community grant that the AAP has recently approved.

In the meantime both organisations would like to sincerely thank our members and supporters for their patience, support, dedication and interest in our project and hopefully we will soon have a facility that we can all be proud of and that the community of Cove can enjoy for many years to come.

Cove Youth Football Club became the first Community Quality Mark club in Aberdeen which ensures that there is an adult pathway once playing finish their youth careers. Cove Youth Football Club was born in September 1995. Cove Boys Club is based in the Cove area of Aberdeen and the club are dedicated to the development of youth football for children from the age of 6 up to 19.

The club created history this year with the Under 13s age group (2005) reaching the Scottish Cup final where they will take on Hutchison Vale at the Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie on the 20th May with a 2pm kick off. Cove hadn’t reached the 5th round of the competition at any age group before this season.

Cove had expectations as a team to do well in the Scottish Cup and also on domestic duty however from a club perspective they have definitely exceeded expectations.

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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