The chief executive of KA Leisure has spoken of his excitemenyt at plans to set up 'fanzones' in Largs and Irvine during the Euro 2024 football championships this summer.

Vikingar! in Largs and The Portal in Irvine will play host to the special zones when the tournament begins in June, giving football fans - and Scotland supporters in particular - who aren't travelling to Germany the chance to watch the games alongside others.

Malcolm McPhail from KA Leisure was invited to address members of Largs Community Council on the area's leisure facilities at a meeting on April 18.

He said: "We were one of the first local authorities in Scotland who announced we were going to have fanzones, and we will be having them at the Vikingar! in Largs and The Portal in Irvine.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: KA Leisure Chief Malcolm McPhailKA Leisure Chief Malcolm McPhail (Image: KA Leisure)

"It is very much going to be family focussed. We are bringing in a considerably high standard of visual and audio equipment and we are looking to get a temporary licence.

"I have been a licensee for David Lloyd Leisure Club in the past so I am anticipating that it shouldn't be a problem, and it will be aimed at families with food on offer.

"One thing we are looking at offering at The Portal, and we may well be able to offer it at the Vikingar! too, is a barbecue.

"We are looking to host up to 250 people."

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All three of Scotland's group games, against Germany, Switzerland and Hungary, will be shown on big screens at the two venues.

A range of supporting events are also planned, including a walking football tournament and eight weeks of Euro-themed sessions in all football and mini-kickers classes.

Council officers are engaging with the Scottish FA to help ensure maximum benefit from the tournament, including encouraging the uptake of physical activity across as many sections of the community as possible.

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Largs and Millport Weekly News: The Portal in IrvineThe Portal in Irvine (Image: KA Leisure)

Existing football festivals run by KA Leisure and Active Schools will have a Euro 2024 theme, with the finals being held just before the tournament starts.

There will also be themed 'football memories' sessions across North Ayrshire, summer holiday football camps, and a 'street soccer' tournament for young people aged between 12 and 18.