Sixteen sports clubs across Glasgow and West Central Scotland benefitted from a share of £11,000 from Aldi last year as part of the supermarket’s Scottish Sport Fund.
Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund is an initiative that aims to help people of all ages and abilities take part in physical activity within their local communities by giving clubs the chance to secure funding to put towards a range of purposes, including offering additional coaching sessions and investing in sports equipment.
Since launching in 2016, over 458 clubs across Scotland have benefitted from a funding boost of more than £240,000, helping to improve community access to sports across the country.
Glasgow based Parent Community Sports Trust, a charity founded by parents to develop sport activities and facilities in the local area, secured the top prize in the region and has invested the £2,500 towards buying new baseball equipment, including bats, balls, and gloves, to offer its members more coaching and practice sessions throughout the year.
Steve Price, Chief Executive Officer of Parent Community Sports Trust, said: “The Parent Community Sports Trust was set up to encourage sporting initiatives throughout Glasgow, and through Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund we have been able to expand our offering, providing local children with the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting sporting activities.
“Donations are hugely important to the success of our programme and we are forever grateful to Aldi, which has continued to support local sports clubs during what has been an uncertain time for many charitable organisations.”
Other clubs that benefitted from last year’s Scottish Sport Fund include Bluevale Boxing Club and East Dunbartonshire Netball Club which both received £1,000 worth of funding. The Clyde Windsurfing Club, Law & District Amateur Athletics Club, Uddingston Hockey Club and Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club were also successful and received £500 each.
Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund is open to any sporting organisation in Scotland that meets the application criteria, from rugby clubs to after school groups and everything in between.
Richard Holloway, Regional Managing Director for Scotland, said: “2020 was a challenging year for grassroots sport with many clubs facing a reduction in member fees and restrictions on training during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s fantastic to see the difference the funding can make to organisations such as Parent Community Sports Trust, and in turn helping them to support members lead a healthier, happier life.”
Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund region 4 applications are now open. For more information please visit: www.aldi.co.uk/scottishsportfund
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