Beith Community Development Trust (BCDT)
Beith Community Development Trust’s aim is to improve the mental and physical fitness of the community, through regeneration and enabling of possibilities within Beith - believing the health, wealth and happiness of the community lies within its own power.
In 2009 groups, clubs and teams in Beith, with a shared interest in health, well-being, sport and activity came together to discuss the lack of suitable facilities and venues within the town. Years of neglect and lack of maintenance had left facilities in a poor state of repair or derelict. Clubs, groups and teams were forced to source facilities and venues out of town, leading to increased transport and activity costs.
Consequently the alliance formed a report in 2009 on the feasibility of community ownership of sports facilities in Beith, and on the basis of its recommendations, Beith Community Development Trust (BCDT) was established.
Their biggest project to date has been the generation of Beith Astro; a full-size synthetic football pitch. In 2010, North Ayrshire Council committed £300,000 towards the refurbishment of the Beith Astro pitch.
The outcome of which is a full-size grass pitch, the Beith Astro 11-a-side 3G pitch, changing pavilions, and office space, which all came under the management of BCDT in April 2012.
The success of Beith Astro has led to BCDT enabling a number of other community clubs and groups such as the Beith Can Bike club; the West Coast Paddlers; and Unlicensed Events which allows creative arts within the community to flourish.
BCDT also enables the Big Swap; a project aimed at recycling, reusing and reducing within Beith through the management of kit swaps, and eco-laundry powered by their very own solar panels.
BCDT offers support in the community in the form of access to qualifications gained through Glasgow University Activate course. As well as being a recognised and approved as an assessment centre for Sports Leader Scotland.
They also organise a number of community programs; such as Wee Shots, which allows the community the freedom to try new sport activities. A Credit Union community-owned bank is also available to provide access to affordable loans and savings. BCDT is also an approved assessment centre offering SQA qualifications through Sports Leader Scotland.
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