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It’s celebration time for more clubs, communities and leisure trusts across Scotland as they receive a share of over £900,000 of investment in the latest round of awards from sportscotland’s Sport Facilities Fund.

Westquarter and Redding Cricket Club will benefit from £100,000 of investment and ongoing support from sportscotland to realise their ambitions of improving access to sport and physical activity in their local area. This investment is made possible thanks to National Lottery players, who raise £30 million each week for good causes across the UK.

This award-winning club already plays a significant role in the lives of the local community, having been recognised for its work on inclusion and diversity. This project will enable the club to install more appropriate changing facilities which will enable them to further develop women and girls’ cricket and attract more minority ethnic members, as well as developing their youth and disability cricket sections.

The existing barn will be converted to a social space allowing the club to develop their existing and aspirational community engagement programmes.

Minister for Public Health and Sport, Mairi Gougeon, said:

“This latest investment from sportscotland’s Sport Facilities Fund will help make a real impact in communities across Scotland. Over the last year we have seen the vital role sport and physical activity has played in supporting our communities to stay connected and be more active.

I’m pleased to hear that more projects are benefitting from this latest round of funding which will support local projects to ensure more diverse and inclusive opportunities are available in communities whilst increasing access to sport for all.”

In total, £903,686 will be shared by 11 projects across 10 different local authorities in Scotland from East Lothian to the Shetland Islands. The investment will support clubs and communities in their aim to improve access to sport in their local community and to deliver sustainable projects.

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said:

“It is fantastic to see the ambition and commitment from the people behind these projects who are working together to improve the lives of their local communities.

We know that sport and physical activity can play a part in Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19. Facilities like these will not only allow more people to participate but can also provide a place for communities to come together and support one another as we work our way out of these challenging times.

“It’s important to recognise that without National Lottery players this level of investment simply would not be possible so we must say a huge thank you to everyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket.”

Stephen Sutton, Director Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club C.I.C, welcomed the investment:

"We are delighted to receive this funding from sportscotland after spending the last six years growing the club from 35 members to now over 200. In addition, we have had an increasing focus on supporting our local community, working with groups such as Alzheimer Scotland, Forth Valley Disability Sports and Plus Forth Valley, providing opportunities to people who may not be part of mainstream activities.

The new fully accessible modular changing rooms will allow us to grow our disability section as well as providing suitable facilities for our mixed gender and mutli-cultural members.

The Community Hub element has been over two years in planning to design facilities that deliver our sporting and community ambitions while factoring in available capital funding. This money will allow us to kick off Phase 1 giving a tremendous boost for all associated with the club, and giving deserved recognition to the years of hard work by the Directors, who I would personally like to thank for their efforts."

The sportscotland Sport Facilities Fund makes awards for capital projects designed to create or improve the places where people take part in sport and physical activity.

Priority is given to projects that widen access to participation or allow people to progress further within their chosen sport locally by removing barriers, particularly for under-represented groups, and in rural areas or areas of deprivation.

Projects are encouraged to engage with sportscotland’s facilities team at the earliest stage to ensure that their plans will have the greatest impact, make the most of the available investment and continue to meet the needs of their local communities in the future.

Since April 2007, sportscotland has invested over £192 million of Scottish Government and National Lottery funding to help sports clubs, community groups, local authorities, sport’s governing bodies and other organisations deliver new and upgraded sporting facilities across the country.

 Local MSP Angus MacDonald

Today is the final day of business in Parliament before the election, which also means I’ll no longer be able to submit motions congratulating local success stories, so I was lucky to squeeze this one in this afternoon. Congrats to Westquarter and Redding Cricket Club who have been engaging well with their local community and have some exciting development plans:

Motion Number: S5M-24463
Lodged By: Angus MacDonald
Date Lodged: 24/03/2021
Title: Westquarter & Redding Cricket Club Secures £100,000 Sport Facilities Funding