A LOCAL football team are hoping to take over a sports centre in Drumchapel.

Drumchapel Utd currently has a license to run the football operations of the Donald Dewar Centre but hopes to take full control in a phased approach over the coming years.

As part of this, the club have committed significant financial resources to upgrade the existing facilities and develop the grounds extensively.

The decision is set to be made at a Glasgow City Council hearing later this year.

Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, has given her full support to the club,  which currently has more than 700 children in their set-up, including 200 girls, supported by 130 coaches.

In addition to their football set-up, the club have been heavily involved within the community by participating in community clean-ups, foodbank drops, and supporting local care facilities.

Ms Monaghan said: “After reading the clubs proposal and meeting with management, it is clear that they have an exciting vision for the future of the Donald Dewar Centre.

"It is also highly encouraging to see a local organisation in a position to significantly invest in a facility that will benefit all of the local community.

“I am fully supportive of Drumchapel Utd’s proposal and encourage Glasgow City Council to proceed with it when it comes to the committee hearing.

"The club have been a force for good in the local area for several years and I have no doubt should these proposals be accepted it would allow them to scale up their existing community activities.”