While the new artificial football pitch at nearby South Queensferry gives fans and players alike a far better view of the new Queensferry Crossing, from not too far away at Ballast Park in Inverkeithing its possible to see the staggering workmanship of the 1.7 mile long road crossing.
Spanning 2.7km the Queensferry Crossing is the longest three-tower cable strayed bridge in the world. It has the highest bridge towers in the UK at 210m – and is the longest free standing balanced cantilever in the world.
Unlike the new bridge Ballast Park – the one time home of Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts – could never be regarded as a work of staggering engineering. It sits in the inner bay area of the town not far from Inverkeithing Bay part of the Firth of Forth.
Local club Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts are relatively new to this level of EoSFL competition. Entering the East of Scotland League in 2018 they initially played at the temporary home of Ballast Bank in Inverkeithing before moving to nearby Dalgety Bay in 2021.
The Swifts compete in the East of Scotland League Premier Division, the sixth tier of Scottish football, having joined the league with their senior team in 2018 and gaining promotion from the first division conference in 2020.
The roots of the club go back to the summer of 1996 when over 100 youths attending the first ever training session at Hillfield playing fields in Inverkeithing. They were an early version of what has become known as a community club; set up to provide all the locals with the opportunity to play football in a fun and safe non-professional environment.
Since inception the club has grown from strength to strength and is now led by a committee. There are around 350 footballing members from boys teams upwards to the senior side.