Trio of Inverurie groups get CALA bursary grant

CALA Homes Katie McGill (centre) is pictured with members of the Inverurie Concer Band.
CALA Homes Katie McGill (centre) is pictured with members of the Inverurie Concer Band.

Three community groups based in Inverurie have benefited from more than £2000 of funding from housebuilder CALA Homes.

As part of its £10,000 Community Bursary scheme, CALA Homes (North) has made donations to Inverurie Gymnastics Club, the Inverurie Concert Band and Colony Park Football Club, with the funding being used to assist each in expanding their capabilities for members across the town.

Inverurie Gymnastics Club will invest in new health and safety equipment to help all budding gymnasts enjoy themselves safely. The club, which offers a diverse variety of acrobatic activities for children at all levels, is hoping that this donation will be their first step in relocating to a larger venue.

Pauline Burnett, fundraiser at the club, said: “We’d like to able to offer every child that comes to us somewhere to build their hopes and dreams, as well as have fun, so we’re absolutely delighted by this kind gesture from CALA which allows our training gymnast a way to train safely and land softly.”

Based on High Street, Inverurie Concert Band will use its funding to purchase more scores for the musicians to play at their concerts at local elderly care homes and community centres. It also provides opportunities for local amateurs to showcase and grow their musical talents.

Band member Murray Knowles said: “It will be a great benefit for us to help our musicians learn new music and help us to provide even more exciting and eclectic concerts for the community throughout the year.”

The third group to receive a grant was Colony Park Girls Under 16s football team, which will use the donation to purchase new team strips and tracksuits, bearing the CALA Homes logo.

Team coach, Stuart Gordon, said: “It’s so important that the team has a sponsor to enable them to train as a unit in team tracksuits, and run out for matches in strips that motivate them to play well. We’re very grateful to CALA for the support and look forward to a successful partnership with them.”

Fraser Carr, sales and marketing director at CALA Homes North, said: “We are proud to have been able to support all three of these outstanding groups and thank them for the valuable work they are doing within the local community.”

For further information on the Community Bursary, visit www.cala.co.uk/bursary