ELLON Rotary Club recently enjoyed a very interesting and informative talk about the Middleton Trust, given by the Trust’s chairman Ean Mackie. Most people in Ellon are aware of the Trust’s work in promoting the annual 3K Fun Run and the 10K Road Race, but Club members were also able to hear about the Trust’s many other sports activities, as well the foundation and history of the Trust.
The Trust was set up in 1990 to encourage and help young persons in Ellon and District, under the age of 18, to pursue and develop their sporting skills. The Trust was named in honour of the late Alan Middleton, who did so much to encourage young people in sport, as well as recognising Alan’s own sporting achievements. Alan enjoyed football, squash, golf, cycling and marathon running, but his favourites were badminton and cricket, where he was successful beyond local level. He was also dedicated and heavily committed to junior coaching at club and district levels.
In the 21 years to date the Trust has disbursed some £20,000 in grants to young people involved in rugby, athletics, tennis, nordic skiing, horse riding, football, cycling, hockey, swimming, diving, golf, squash, badminton, gymnastics, volleyball and skating. The well-known 3K and 10K running events will take place again this year, on Sunday September 11, and as in the past three years they will be sponsored by Sparrows Offshore.
Further information about the Trust, including grant application details, can be found on the website www.middleton-trust.org.uk.
Thanking Ean for his excellent presentation, Rotarian Denis Stewart spoke for the whole Club in expressing admiration for the first-class contribution of the Trust to sport in Ellon and District. Denis also said that it was very appropriate that Alan Middleton should be recognised in this way.