Published: 19/03/2017 12:00 - Updated: 21/03/2017 06:19

Alness gymnastics club hopes for public vote to scoop £48k boost for local projects

Fyrish Gymnastis Club has ambitious plans to expand its work in the local community
Fyrish Gymnastis Club has ambitious plans to expand its work in the local community

A GO-AHEAD Easter Ross gymnastics club is looking for a public boost as it reaches out for a possible £48,000 windfall to further its trailblazing work.

Fyrish Gymnastics Club was named one of five projects competing for a share of £150,000 lottery money in the north.

The five across the STV North region have been chosen to compete in a public vote for up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding to support their local communities.

Fyrish Gymnastics Club wants to deliver gymnastics into Ross-shire Primary schools to support work in the classroom by inspiring pupils and to begin “street gym” sessions in secondaries.

Club chairwoman Claire Bath said: “Fyrish have seen enormous success engaging young people in both physical activity and volunteering with some going on to coaching with us. We hope to expand this into our local schools, to use the power of sport to make a difference in more children’s lives. We hope the local community will support this funding bid and either vote online or by post.”

The Big Lottery Fund, STV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the public the chance to decide how around £3 million of National Lottery funding will be spent.

The Alness-based club hopes to secure £48,624 to expand its outreach work in schools, employ an outreach development co-ordinator and identify more people to become peer leaders.

The three “People’s Projects” with the most public votes in each region will receive grants of up to £50,000.

STV presenter, David Farrell, said: “The People’s Projects can make a real difference to communities and lives thanks to National Lottery funding. We’re highlighting the incredible shortlisted projects and groups throughout the country this week and all you have to do is tune in to STV and vote online for your favourite project.”

Director for Scotland, Big Lottery Fund, Martin Cawley, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year and our National Lottery funding is used to run amazing projects led by local people. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!”

The Street Gym sessions run by the gymnastics club have already proved a big hit with local youngsters.

A number of the club’s coaches, amongst them leading light Sonny Rhind and teenager Kieran Brown, have been recognised with awards for their work.

He previously told the Journal: “Through the Street Gym programme, Kieran developed a safe environment for teenagers to participate and enjoy the sport. He is responsible for coaching boys and girls aged between eight and 18 years old and is in high demand to deliver sessions to schools, youth groups and leisure clubs across the Highlands.

Kieran said: “The kids are all really great. I never feel like I’m coaching them, it feels like I am coming in to help friends.

“My dream is for to our Street Gym to become a national class, and for it to be recognised all over Scotland.”

Voting for the People’s Projects cash is now open until Monday, April 3. You can vote for the Fyrish club here. .

Votes can also be cast by post using the address Freepost The Peoples Projects.

The results will be announced on Live at Five on Thursday, April 6.

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