Aldi has invested £7,000 in eight local sports clubs across Central Scotland this year as part of the supermarket’s annual Scottish Sport Fund.
Dedicated to improving investment in grassroots sport, the fund gives local clubs the chance to receive funding ranging from £500 to £2,500.
Falkirk Lawn Tennis Club secured the top prize in the region, receiving £2,500 which was put towards buying new equipment, including tennis nets, balls and rackets, as well as funding the delivery of free tennis lessons to local schools in the area. Other clubs that have benefitted from this year’s Scottish Sport Fund include 4th/6th Stirling Scout Group and CR CATS Canoe Club, which each received £1,000. Bannockburn Rugby Club, Riverside Bowling Club, SMTC Alloa Muay Thai and Fitness Academy, Tryst Lions Wrestling Club and West Lothian’ Battalion of the Boy’s Brigade were also successful and received £500 each.
Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund is an initiative that aims to help people of all ages to take part in physical activity within their local communities by giving the clubs the chance to secure much needed funding. Since launching in 2016, Aldi has invested over £41,000 and supported over 70 clubs across Central Scotland, helping to improve community access to sports across the region.
Callum Lloyd, Head Coach, Falkirk Lawn Tennis club, said: “Falkirk Lawn Tennis Club is so pleased to have been awarded the highest funding of £2,500 by Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund and it is great that Aldi has recognised our efforts in the local community. The club has been coaching Falkirk residents for well over 125 years and this funding will help purchase additional coaching equipment and go towards our new coaching arrangements.”
Richard Holloway, Regional Managing Director for Scotland, said: “It’s brilliant that a wide variety of sports clubs across 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 Falkirk Lawn Tennis Club, and in supporting people across Scotland to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.”
The 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. Groups can apply for funding for a wide range of purposes, including new strips and equipment or to put towards the cost of training facilities and coaching.
Team GB athlete, Katie Archibald, said: “Accessing funding can be very challenging for local sports clubs, however thanks to Aldi’s continued support and valuable donations over the years, sports clubs across Scotland are now able to reach their full potential in supporting the local community with a variety of sporting opportunities.”
Aldi is a proud partner of Team GB and since 2015 has proudly supported every athlete throughout their journey, from training, to the big events with helpful initiatives like food vouchers to keep them fuelled.
Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund is part of the retailer’s wider commitment to help cultivate a healthier Scotland, including weekly super 6 fruit and vegetable deals, a pledge to reduce salt levels in products in line with Government targets, and replacing confectionery, chocolate and sweets at tills with dried fruits, nuts and water.
For more information about Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund, please visit: www.aldi.co.uk/scottishsportfund.
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