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Supermarket offers funding to sports clubs across north


By Will Clark

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SPORTS clubs across the Highlands are being encouraged to apply for a share of £50,000 being offered by a supermarket initiative.

Aldi and Highland Rugby Club sponsorship. LtoR Graham Findlater, President HRC, Neil Malcolm, Aldi and Brian Knowles, Lead Coach Watching the U-13 training session. Front of photo Lachie Sangster (11) and Neil Malcom of Aldi.
Aldi and Highland Rugby Club sponsorship. LtoR Graham Findlater, President HRC, Neil Malcolm, Aldi and Brian Knowles, Lead Coach Watching the U-13 training session. Front of photo Lachie Sangster (11) and Neil Malcom of Aldi.

Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund has returned for its sixth year, aiming to help people of all ages and abilities take part in physical activity within their communities by offering sports clubs the chance to secure funding.

From gymnastics and youth tennis to local sports trusts, the fund is open to any sporting organisation in Scotland.

The fund will focus on developing grassroots sports, giving clubs the opportunity to receive funding ranging from £500 to £2500.

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.

In 2020, Highland Rugby Club was one of the groups which received funding from the initiative.

Regional managing director for Aldi Scotland, Richard Holloway, said: “Since 2016, the Scottish Sport Fund has given the chance for a wide range of sports clubs to benefit from essential funding to help attract new members and invest in much needed equipment and resources.

“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.”

British Olympic cyclist Katie Archibald supports the initiative, she 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.

“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.”

The closing date for applications from the Highlands Moray and north-east Scotland to the fund is Monday, April 26.

For more information on how to apply for funding www.aldi.co.uk/scottishsportfund


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