A South Lanarkshire football club has shown interest in purchasing a community hall and pitch in Blantyre.

An asset transfer request has been made to South Lanarkshire Council by Blantyre Soccer Academy, who wish to purchase Larkfield Neighbourhood Hall and the adjacent football pitch on Broompark and Stonefield Road.

The club have proposed to use the facility as a community centre and a football academy.

Blantyre Soccer Academy offers opportunities to a range of age groups ranging from three-years-old to 19-years-old and is run solely by volunteer coaches and administrative staff.

The Larkfield hall and the adjacent site are currently unused by the council, and the local community and the soccer academy has plans to create a location for local residents.

The club wishes to deliver an anti-poverty and pro-health initiative through asset transfer and ensure a new community hall is established in the community.

In a business plan for the project, the academy states: “The priority is to open and redevelop Larkfield Community Hall to welcome back the former traditional groups and users and to vigorously encourage new opportunities and users. We have the organisational, management and practical experience with the Rowans Hall to ensure a first-class product.

“We will renew the Larkfield hall physically and the community psychologically by the quality of restoration, renewal, and repair.”

The academy also wrote: “The lack of quality football and sporting locations within Blantyre has ensured that any organised and unorganised activity has travelled to other locations, for example – amateur teams playing at North Lanarkshire venues or grassroots sides playing at East Kilbride or Hamilton within South Lanarkshire Council.

“We are looking to build a 3G facility to meet the needs of residents – organised and unorganised activity. We believe that the facility will be a catalyst for health improvement, tackling obesity and poor health choices.

“We are currently in negotiation with external funders, Scottish Football Association, National Lottery and other organisations in order to gather funding for our ambitious project.”

In 2021, the club applied to purchase the Jock Stein Centre in Hamilton via an asset transfer, however, its bid was unsuccessful.

The deadline for determining the community asset transfer is March 21 2024.