North Lanarkshire-based Springhill Boxing Club received the highest funding available
Aldi has invested £10,500 in 14 local sports clubs across Glasgow and West-Central Scotland this year as part of the supermarket’s annual Scottish Sport Fund.
As part of the retailer’s wider commitment to help cultivate a healthier Scotland, the fund gives local clubs the chance to receive funding ranging from £500 to £2,500.
Springhill Boxing Club secured the highest funding in the region this year, receiving £2,500. The non-profit organisation, which is run entirely by volunteers, plans to use the funding to take their boxers on a trip to the William Wallace Box Cup and to visit another boxing club in Kilkenny, Ireland. These trips will allow the boxers to gain experience in open class tournaments, develop their boxing skills further and improve their confidence and life skills. Thanks to Aldi’s donation, the club also plans to invest in its equipment, and will use the funding for new sparring gloves.
Based in Shotts, Springhill Boxing Club provides a supportive environment for athletes of all ages and genders interested in pursuing competitive or non-competitive boxing training and fitness. Located in an area of high deprivation, the club consistently looks for ways to keep their costs as low as possible so that people from all backgrounds can benefit from keeping active.
Other clubs that have benefitted from this year’s Scottish Sport Fund include Disability Snowsport UK and Greenacres Young Curlers Club, which each received £1,000. The Glasgow Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association, D-Unit Community Sports Hub, East Kilbride Gymnastics Club, Inverclyde Boxing Club, Kingston Gymnastics Club, Trans* Active and Scottish Sports Futures were also successful and received £500 each.
Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund aims to help people of all ages to take part in physical activity within their local communities by giving the clubs the opportunity to secure much needed funding. Since launching in 2016, Aldi has invested over £50,000 and supports over 100 clubs across Glasgow and West-Central Scotland, helping to improve community access to sports across the region.
Frank Delaney, Head Coach, Springhill Amateur Boxing Club, said: “We are so pleased that our club has received the highest funding available in the region. This donation will make a real difference for everyone in the club and support the training we offer in the local area.
We recently celebrated our 45th anniversary, which was a massive achievement in itself, but this donation from Aldi is a fantastic way to round off a great year. I’d like to thank them for their generosity.”
Richard Holloway, Regional Managing Director for Scotland, said: “It’s brilliant that a wide variety of sports clubs across Glasgow and West-Central Scotland have been able to benefit from our Scottish Sport Fund initiative. It’s humbling to see how much of a difference extra funding can make to clubs like Springhill Amateur Boxing Club, and in supporting people across Scotland to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.”
Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund is open to any sporting organisation in Scotland that meets the criteria, from rugby clubs to after school groups, and everything in between. Groups can apply for funding for a wide range of purposes, including new strips and equipment, or for putting towards the cost of training facilities and coaching.
For more information about Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund, please visit: www.aldi.co.uk/scottishsportfund.
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