Easthouses Lily re-launched itself as a community football club on Saturday with hundreds of kids playing football at their open day.
The Newbattle Complex side have joined forces with Easthouses Boys’ Club and Mayfield and Easthouses Amateurs to create Easthouses Community Football Club, with around 200 kids and 46 adults in their ranks.
Easthouses Lily manager David McQueenie was delighted with how the open day went last weekend.
He said: “It was great, with a good turnout considering the weather. We had a superb day.
“It was great to see the kids playing on the park.
“A lot of hard work has went into this and we are now looking to the future.
“We all have our own separate identities, but come under that one banner.
“The lads have got somewhere to aim for now, from five years upwards. If they are good enough they can go on to play for Easthouses Lily. If not quite as good, they can play for Mayfield and Easthouses.
“And, if we can get more volunteers we are hoping to start a girls’ team. It’s currently in the pipeline.
“It’s all to gain better facilities for the community. It opens up funding streams.
“We have worked hard the last couple of years to get our cabins up to a good standard and we have floodlights now as well as an enclosed ground at Newbattle Complex.
“The next step would be to apply for funding for a covered enclosure.”
Easthouses Lily have recently re-joined the Juniors set-up after more than 40 years in the Seniors, kicking off their South Division campaign on Saturday at home to West Calder United.
McQueenie added: “It’s exciting times all round for the community. And exciting times for us with our first season in the Juniors for nearly 50 years starting on Saturday.
“Certainly things are going in the right direction.”