A £4m funding package to improve community sports facilities has been announced by the Scottish Government, in a move which it hopes will help increase sports participation in the run up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.
The announcement came as Scottish Cabinet met in Fort William last week. With funding of up to £100,000 available to upgrade and improve local facilities, sport centres such as The Meadows in Ellon could be amongst those eligible to benefit.
Making the announcement, First Minister Alex Salmond said that the Scottish Government was committed to improving facilities for communities across Scotland,
“This £4 million fund will help communities upgrade equipment and facilities such as sports halls, pitches, tennis courts and changing rooms, and follows a £500,000 fund announced by Sports Minister Shona Robison last month to encourage community ownership of sports amenities”, he said.
“As well as creating 100 Community Sports Hubs by 2014, through sportscotland, we have invested over £35 million in local facilities, and over £31 million to support national and regional facilities since 2007, including 10 new and upgraded swimming pools and 22 football pitches.”
Meadows Chairman Jack Nixon confirmed that the new funding stream was one which the centre would be looking at closely.
“Funding is critical for any voluntary organisation”, he said. “Aberdeenshire Council gave us grant of £40,000 last year, which was cut to £30,000 this year and which looks like being cut to zero next year. We need to become more adventurous when looking at funding, and we’ll be considering every option when it comes to finances.”