Easthouses Lily have announced ambitious plans to create the first covered seated enclosure at their Newbattle Complex home ground.
In recent years the club has gone from strength to strength, installing floodlights, enclosing the pitch and moving from Seniors to Juniors football.
Now the club hopes to open a 75-seat covered stand in time for the 2016-17 season, thanks to grants from the Scottish Football Partnership and local councillor Kenny Young’s environmental improvement fund.
Lily manager David McQueenie is excited by the progress the club is making.
He said: “We are still in the planning department with this. But it will go ahead.
“We are hoping to have the stand up in the close season to be ready for next season.
“There is a lot going on, with the new school being built, bringing new facilities for the local area which will benefit local people.
“The stand will be on the flat side of the pitch. There is nothing there just now.
“It’s going to be a big improvement for next season for our supporters.
“So it’s exciting times, absolutely fantastic. We are going forward step by step. Former councillor Peter Boyce started it off with the fence around the park about five or six years ago.
“We have got floodlights now, which have been there for coming up to two years. We’ve got a canteen area suitable for disabled access and we got new changing rooms.
“The club is moving in the right direction, on and off the park. We have done a lot of work at the ground. So the next step is a covered stand.
“I would like to thank Midlothian Council and the local councillors for all their help in recent years.”
There have been huge changes in the last year for the Lily, not only with their move to the juniors but also joining forces with Easthouses Boys’ Club and Mayfield and Easthosues Amateurs to create Easthouses Community Club.
David added: “It has been a fantastic move for us to the Juniors this season.
“We are currently sitting mid-table with a few games in hand.
“So I’m looking to close the gap at the top and finish as high as possible – although, this season was really a bedding-in season for us; getting used to the Juniors set-up.
“Everything is moving in the right direction. The crowds are up, the local community is getting behind us and the interest in the club now is just fantastic.”
Councillor, and avid Easthouses Lily supporter, Kenny Young (Lab) said: “The club’s great shape is down to the committee, the coaches and the players.
“I really believe this project will support their hard work in taking Easthouses Lily to the next level.”