Sports fans in East Renfrewshire will benefit from a hat-trick of initiatives - thanks to an investment of more than a million pounds from sportscotland
Youngsters will be the biggest winners from this cash boost, which will fund programmes that will encourage them to take part in sporting activities. East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure - the organisation that now runs sports, leisure and cultural services locally - won the funding from sportscotland to promote sport to pupils through their Active Schools programme and stage competitions in a wide range of sports.
Secondly, the Trust will now be able to give more people the opportunity to become active with the development and support of more Community Sport Hubs in various areas of East Renfrewshire.
And thirdly, encourage more people to volunteer as a sports coach, an official, or help run sports clubs.
Chief Executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure, Anthony McReavy said, "The investment of £1,197,610 from sportscotland between now and March 2019 and our new partnership agreement is a massive boost to sport in East Renfrewshire. We have to thank sportscotland for having the confidence in the Trust and our partners at East Renfrewshire Council to deliver our shared priorities for sport and to create top-class sporting opportunities and facilities for everyone."
Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris said, "At sportscotland we are building a world class sporting system and everyone has their part to play, including local authorities and leisure trusts. By working together and aligning our resources we can deliver more and better opportunities to make sport a way of life in Scotland. That's why we are delighted to invest in our partnership with East Renfrewshire to support the delivery of programmes like Active Schools, Community Sport Hubs, which are making a real difference both locally and nationally."
Since its inception in July last year, the Trust has seen an increase in participation in sport and physical activity. Anthony continues: "There have been many new developments, like our disability swimming lessons, a new gymnastics programme and major improvements to facilities within the Barrhead Foundry. An expanded range of sports classes for all ages is now available in addition to a comprehensive swimming lesson programme and continued investment in gym facilities.
"School sport within East Renfrewshire is up with the best in the country and the links between schools and community sport are increasing through the development of our successful Community Sport Hubs. Membership of our Hubs has increased from 5000 to 7500 in the last year and new hubs in Clarkston and Neilston are planned through sportscotland's funding support. The Trust is also supporting the vast number of people who volunteer their time as a club coach, official or administrator and has developed an expanded coach education programme."
Photograph shows pupils from Eastwood High School who will be among the many youngsters who will benefit from the £1 million-plus investment from sportscotland. With East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure Trust Chief Executive, Anthony McReavy are, from left, Jon Ithell, Heather Campbell, James Macpherson, Greg Young, Rebekah Hemmingsley and Alice Chisolm.
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