The Scottish Government is well on its way to reaching its target of 150 Community Sports Hubs across 32 Local Authorities by 2016. Their development is supported with £1.5 million per year.
The money is part of the £1 million Legacy 2014 Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund, a partnership between the Scottish Government and The Robertson Trust. The fund is designed to support sport-related social enterprises, enabling them to become sustainable in the long run and help people become more physically active.
Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, will visit one of the successful applicants in Callander, Stirlingshire, today, Fabb a national youth organisation working mainly with disabled young people. They secured a grant of almost £25,000 to take develop the Trossachs Tryst, into a residential outdoor facility.
Other successful applicants include Greystone Rovers FC in Dumfries, who have secured a grant to help them explore taking over a leisure centre. Royston Youth Action in Glasgow have been given a grant to look at plans to develop a facility at Glenconner Park in Royston. In the Highlands, Fyrish Gymnastic Club have been given a sum of money to explore ways to develop its capacity and develop a social outreach programme.
Jamie Hepburn, said:
“I’d like to congratulate Fabb, and all the other organisations on their awards today. Small organisations like this are doing tremendous work to encourage more Scots to be more active, more often.
“Almost a year after Glasgow hosted the best Games ever, it’s important that Scotland continues to benefit from their legacy, and this fund is a key part of those efforts.
“The Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is there to offer help to social enterprises and to allow them to ensure their long term sustainability. I look forward to seeing the positive impact the Fund will make.”
Robertson Trust Director, Kenneth Ferguson said:
“Sport can provide a range of positive benefits for individuals and communities. We are delighted to be able to use this Legacy 2014 programme to support organisations across Scotland which are working to enhance the lives of the people they work with through sport” .
Fiona Hird, Chief Executive Fabb Scotland, said:
“We are delighted to have been selected to receive funding from the Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sports for Communities Fund which will enable us to take ownership and develop a unique facility in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We are very excited at the prospect of developing a successful and sustainable sport social enterprise that will benefit the local community, our community of interest and create a legacy for young people for years to come.”
Alastair Davis, Chief Executive of Social Investment Scotland which administers the fund, said:
“Each of the organisations receiving funding today has the potential to promote social inclusion and cohesion in their communities and across Scotland through sport. They have also each presented a compelling business case for how their plans can help them become financially sustainable, ensuring this fund can leave a legacy of community benefit for years to come.”
Ian Rideout, Chief Executive of Outfit Moray, who received an award in a previous funding round, said:
“We are really pleased with progress following the award of Legacy 2014 funding. The feasibility study we are working on will be completed on target thanks in whole to the funding enabling us to not only commission professional help but to also create the space for our team to be actively involved. The project has captured the imagination of everyone and we are just that much closer to making our plans a reality with an exciting announcement due in October.”
The Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund is one of 59 national legacy programmes. The £1 million fund is made up of £500,000 from the Scottish Government and £500,000 from the Robertson Trust.
21 projects have benefited from the Sustainable Sport for Communities Fund to date. This is the final round of funding. The funding awards for this round are:
Active Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, £14,000
Annan Athletic Football Club, Dumfries and Galloway, £19,200
Athletics Joint award, 3 clubs: Team East Lothian, Shettleston Harriers, Kilbarchan AAC, £25,000
Comrie Development Trust, Comrie, Perth, £15,000
Fabb Scotland, Callander, Stirling, £24,700
Fyrish Gymnastics Club, Highlands, £12,400
Glasgow City Foundation, Glasgow/East Dunbartonshire, £20,000
Greenock Morton Community Trust, Inverclyde, £25,000
Greystone Rovers YFC, Dumfries and Galloway, £25,000
Kirkliston South Queensferry Football Club, Edinburgh, £23,000
MY Adventure (MYA), Edinburgh/Borders, £25,000
Royston Youth Action (RYA),Glasgow, £24,900