Dunfermline-based Pitreavie Amateur Athletics Club received the highest funding available
Aldi has invested £8,500 in 11 local sports clubs across Fife, Perth, Dundee, and Angus 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.
Pitreavie Amateur Athletics Club secured the highest funding in the region this year, receiving £2,500. The Dunfermline-based club, which offers athletics coaching in all disciplines, including track & field, cross country, road running and hill running, plans to use the funding for their newest programme, Run, Jump & Throw.
Aimed at primary school children, Run, Jump & Throw focuses on developing athletic skills in an enjoyable and fun way for youngsters in Dunfermline and the surrounding areas. The funding will be used for purchasing new equipment, including javelins and putts, as well as training more coaches as the programme continues to expand.
Other clubs that have benefitted from this year’s Scottish Sport Fund include Duffus Tennis Club and Harris Hawks Hockey, who each received £1,000. Adventure Circus, AM Soccer Club, Dunfermline Golf Club, Kanzen Karate, Kennoway Star Hearts Football Club, Kinross Otters Amateur Swimming Club, St Andrews Beach Volleyball Club and Waterski & Wakeboard Scotland 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 £48,000 and supports over 85 clubs across Fife, Perth, Dundee, and Angus, helping to improve community access to sports across the region.
Kate Crawford, Community Athletics Coordinator & Coach, said: “All of our team were so grateful to have been awarded £2,500 from Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund.
“This funding will help massively in the development of the Run, Jump & Throw programme, which has proved really popular for youngsters in the local area. We are hoping to expand the programme into more deprived areas in Fife, and this funding will be instrumental in doing so.
“I’d like to thank Aldi for their generosity and to let them know that this funding will really make a difference.”
Richard Holloway, Regional Managing Director for Scotland, said: “It’s brilliant that a wide variety of sports clubs across Fife, Perth, Dundee and Angus 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 Pitreavie Amateur Athletics, 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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