Whitletts Victoria Football Club demonstrate their skills to Councillors at the new street sign
Ayr's historic Whitletts Victoria Football Club joined with South Ayrshire Councillors this week to celebrate its past at the new multi-million pound housing development in Lochside, Whitletts.
The Council wanted to recognise the club by naming a street 'Victoria Crescent' as part of its new £6 million affordable housing project supported by the Scottish Government.
The street name celebrates the fact that the club used to play at Voluntary Park but had to move to Dam Park when the Greyhound Stadium became unusable. The land is now the site of the housing development which is due for completion in spring 2016, marking the start of an overall investment of £15 million in new affordable housing across South Ayrshire.
The club has now made their home at Dam Park, but back in the 1940's, the Whitletts community came together in their spare time to help build the football ground which lead to the name Voluntary Park.
Councillor Philip Saxton, Housing and Customer First Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "We wanted to recognise the important role the club has played in the local community over the years and although the club has moved, its links with Whitletts are still strong. The new housing also captures this community spirit as the development has been very much about working with locals to help transform the area and their lives"
John Dalton, Chairman Whitletts Victoria said: "It was a sad day when almost five years ago Whitletts Victoria had to leave Voluntary Park through no fault of our own with it having been the Clubs home ground for over 60 years."
"We are working hard and someday hope to return to our roots as a key partner in the Brambles project which would also be a major benefit to the local community.
"It is fantastic to see the construction of quality, affordable social housing that will be a huge benefit to local people and for the street to be named after the football club will be a permanent reminder of the role that the site played in the history of not only Whitletts Victoria but of junior football in the town of Ayr"