A LOCAL senior football club is hoping to hear the community's views on their plans to redevelop a "derelict" football ground which they aim to call their home.

Knightswood FC are at the public consultation stage in their bid to take over the unkempt Yoker Sports Centre football and turn it into a new state-of-the-art facility.

In June, the Clydebank Post reported on Knightswood being admitted into the West of Scotland Football League (WoSFL) pyramid, taking their place in the fifth tier of the set-up and becoming the area's fourth senior club behind Clydebank, Yoker Athletic and Drumchapel United.

The north-west Glasgow club have settled into senior football life well, having won five of the first 11 league matches and sitting in seventh place, having only been formed in 2013.

Angela Bitters from the club said: "The Yoker Sports Centre football grounds have lain derelict and unkempt since the Yoker Resource Centre gave the facility up many years ago.   

"It is our intention to improve and redevelop the football grounds by convincing Glasgow City Council that with their support and by revisiting the same community spirit that once made it a valuable asset to local residents, it can become so once more.  

"We know that the success and achievements made previously by harnessing the energy and commitment of those who live, work and play in our neighbourhood can be rekindled for this project and that it deserves the support and commitment of Glasgow City Council."

The club have more than 350 registered players and a recognised grassroots pathway for all ages up to under-18s.

Despite currently calling the football pitches at Scotstoun home, Knightswood feels the site no longer meets their demands and continues to dream of the day they can have their own, permanent home as they continue to grow.

The club say the main objective is to offer local people of all age groups and abilities, particularly young people, opportunities to enjoy and participate in accessible and affordable activity as an alternative to unhealthy lifestyles. 

The hope is the new pitch, will allow them to do this, with plans to open up the facility to the wider community.

Angela added: "We are no longer able to meet the demand for our services by relying solely on the costly facilities at Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

"Moreover, there are no longer enough affordable facilities across Glasgow and recent venue closures throughout the city have exacerbated this situation."

The public meeting will be held in the Yoker Community Campus on Monday, October 23 from 6.00pm until 7.30pm.

There is also a questionnaire that can be filled out ahead of the meeting here.