Plans for a new 1000 seater stadium and indoor sports hall in Grangemouth have been welcomed by East Stirlingshire.
Planning permission for the first stage of the redevelopment of Little Kerse and LK Galaxy has been granted.
Step one of expansion blue-print involves a new pitch pavilion, cafe and office. But future stages include plans for a stand overlooking a full-size football pitch - ideal for use by the Shire or junior clubs who already utilise the site.
East Stirlingshire currently use Ochilview for SPFL League Two matches but have decamped their training base to the Grangemouth site. A stadium agreement would suit their needs, and not only for the first team.
“We are already committed to the site and working in partnership with the leaseholder, Little Kerse Leisure,” said chairman Tony Ford.
“The new pitch will allow us better training facilities for the first team and it may also allow us to play reserve games there, subject to approval.”
Shire have two boys’ community teams with plans for more and have recently joined with the Central Girls’ Football Academy to have four teams at different age levels playing the club.
“We hope they will be playing their matches at Little Kerse before any of our senior teams,” he added. “The girls’ teams are already looking to play their games at the facility this summer.”
And Ford says the partnership is about to realise a long-held ambition to create a community coaching programme for youngsters that would utilise the facilities there along with the staff.
“We have funding in place to run courses in a joint-venture at Little Kerse for primary-age kids to give them their first taste of fun football.
“We could put a young kid of the path to football stardom and even if not we may just have created a Shire fan for life.”