East Ren groups grab sports grants

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COMMUNITY groups across East Renfrewshire have secured lottery funding for a range of good causes and projects to benefit the area.

Several sporting projects have been given the green light through the Big Lottery 2014 Communities Fund, which aims to stimulate involvement in sport in the run-up to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Giffnock North amateur athletics club – based at Northholm sports ground – has been awarded £1,960 to train additional volunteer coaches and buy new equipment.

Mearns primary school is also celebrating after securing £2,000 for new playground equipment – traverse walls, which will be used to gear pupils up for climbing.

Woodfarm high is a similar success story, receiving £1,609 to develop extra-curricular Cycle Fit classes and give East Ren youngsters a physical boost.

And it’s not just physical activity on the agenda, as the East Renfrewshire Carers Centre received £7,289 to fund activities for young carers, and the Isobel Mair school’s parent council were awarded £7,371 to fund pupil music therapy sessions.

West of Scotland MSP Stewart Maxwell – based in East Ren – welcomed the bout of funding for the area this week.

He told The Extra: “This is great news and a real testament to the hard work of everyone involved in securing Big Lottery funding for these projects.

“I am particularly pleased to see so many worthwhile sporting initiatives supported through the 2014 Communities Fund.

“With the Olympics under way and the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games fast approaching, I hope that this will inspire people of all ages to get involved in sport”.

He added: “Big Lottery Scotland offers a range of funding streams, so I would strongly encourage any local sports clubs or community groups to get in touch and see what support is available”.

To find out more, visit the Big Lottery Fund website, or call 08454102030.