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2014 GETS OFF TO A FLYING START

January 21, 2014

It’s the start of a very special sporting year for Scotland and people across the country still have plenty of opportunities to get more active thanks, to the latest grants announced by the Big Lottery fund through the 2014 Communities programme.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said, “Today we are announcing grants totalling £63,619 to 38 projects across the country.  This programme gives people the chance to explore their potential through a wide range of activity and so will form an important part of the legacy of the Glasgow Games.  It’s going to be a momentous year so there’s never been a better time to be inspired and go out and get more active.”

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 Thanks to an award of £2,000, Mid Argyll Athletic Club, based in Lochgilphead, will be able to promote indoor athletics throughout the region.  Young athletes will get the chance to take part in a series of local competitions, culminating in a final event in Oban on 22 March.

 Founder and Coach, William McCallum, said, “This award will help us put our four existing coaches through the next level of qualifications.  They can then act as mentors for new volunteers we hope to attract.  We are also going to run a series of competitions over the next couple of months to get more young people involved in the sport, including one on the 22 February in Tobermory. The final competition in March will help bring youngsters, families and communities together from across the region and help us to promote athletics to all.  This money has been a lifesaver and has really helped secure a brighter future for our club.”

2014 Communities from the Big Lottery Fund is providing National Lottery funding and supporting the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, by encouraging people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity or use sport as a way to bring together people from different generations.  Find out more about the programme here

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