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Ross-shire sports clubs urged to stake claim to share of £50,000 Aldi fund to support grassroots work

By Hector MacKenzie

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The sports fund offers a chance for clubs to stake a claim to a share of support ranging between £500 and £2500.
The sports fund offers a chance for clubs to stake a claim to a share of support ranging between £500 and £2500.

SPORTS clubs across the Highlands are being urged to check out a supermarket chain's funding offer as a scheme returns for its its sixth year.

Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund gives clubs across the Highlands the chance to apply for a share of £50,000, with one lucky club in with the chance of securing a £2500 funding boost.

Launched in 2016, the initiative aims to help people of all ages and abilities take part in physical activity within their local communities by offering sports clubs the chance to secure essential funding.

From gymnastics and youth tennis to local sports trusts, Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund is open to any sporting organisation. This year, awards will again focus on developing grassroots sports, giving local sports clubs the opportunity to receive funding ranging from £500 to £2500.

To date, 458 clubs across Scotland have benefitted from a funding uplift of more than £240,000.

In 2020 the Scottish Sport Fund supported a variety of local sports clubs across including Highland Rugby Club, the Grampian Tigers Youth Cycling Club, Upper Deeside Amateur Swimming Club and Multiple Sclerosis Aberdeen Local Group.

Richard Holloway, regional managing director for Aldi Scotland, said: “The past year has been increasingly challenging for sports clubs across Scotland and has highlighted the important role they play in promoting both physical and mental wellbeing. We look forward to welcoming applications from a wide range of local sports clubs and I’d encourage any club based across the Highlands to get involved and take advantage of this excellent funding opportunity.”

Team GB athlete, Katie Archibald, said: “Local Sports clubs have played a crucial role not only in starting and developing my career but those of all past and present Team GB athletes, and it is often understated the amazing role that sports clubs play in promoting both physical activity and an active lifestyle.

“Aldi’s continued investment in supporting local Scottish sports clubs is admired by all Team GB athletes and those clubs that will benefit from the Scottish Sport Fund are crucial in helping to nurture the next generation of Olympic athletes.”

Sports clubs have until Monday, April 26 to apply.

One applicant will be selected to receive £2500 of funding, two applicants will each receive £1000 of funding, while several other applicants will each receive £500 of funding towards their sports club.

Applications will be selected at random to receive each of the funding brackets. Applications can be made via www.aldi.co.uk/scottishsportfund.

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