A long-established local football club is set to be handed a major boost this week by securing ownership of its own ground.

TASS Thistle FC, founded in 1984 for children in the Three Towns and nearby areas, is hoping to strike a deal with North Ayrshire Council for the community asset transfer of Ardeer Quarry Football Ground and adjacent land.

The move has been recommended for approval ahead of a meeting of the council's cabinet tomorrow (Tuesday, November 29).

A report prepared for the meeting said control of the land will be passed to the charitable organisation TASS Community Sports for £2,500 - 10 per cent of the site's valuation.

The report said the deal will help "provide a sustainable base for the local youth football provision".

It stated: "The asset recently came back into the council’s operational responsibility after its lease was relinquished by KA Leisure and is not required for service delivery by North Ayrshire Council.

Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald: The land included in the dealThe land included in the deal (Image: North Ayrshire Council)

"TASS has been successfully running a football club in the heart of the local community for over 37 years. Securing the ownership of their own ground will allow TASS to further develop in a variety of ways to better serve the community.

"These include the opportunity to:

  • develop a modern football facility, allowing the club to expand and grow
  • increase membership by at least another 150 children, thus widening their involvement with the local community
  • encourage more children and families to be involved with the club’s activities and engage in healthy lifestyle while having fun through playing football."

Two areas of land that form part of the overall recreational area will also be included in the transfer of ownership.

The report added: "The club proposes to continue to play on the existing football field, taking on its care and maintenance, as well as facilitating bookings for other clubs and groups to make increased use of the asset.

"In addition, the club intends to start to maintain the adjacent land and use it for training. In time, TASS hopes to use the land to create an all-weather playing surface to assist with training all year round."