Football plan for Falkirk’s old ice rink

Falkirk ice rink
Falkirk ice rink
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The former Falkirk ice rink is ready to kick off a new era as an indoor football centre.

The boss of the company which owns the building, currently home to a bingo hall and indoor market, has applied to the council to change its use.

Five-a-sides were played there in the 1980s and the venue, then known as Coasters Arena, famously hosted the first Tennents’ Sixes Championship nearly 30 years ago. Now, if businessman Kenneth Waugh of Forth Securities Limited, has his way the game will return before the end of the year.

The plan is to invest in four pitches and new changing facilities to give the rink, which opened 75 years ago, a new lease of life. The ambitious project could also create up to a dozen jobs. A decision on the application is expected early next month.

Mr Waugh said: “We plan a significant investment to deliver what we think will be a popular recreational facility for the community. Indoor football is a growth industry with new centres like the one we are planning opening up across the country. Given the economic situation, the venue has been struggling and we have to look at ways of ensuring it has a future. This could be a new start. It’s an exciting prospect.”