Jo congratulates local groups over lottery success


Turnbull High School & Lenzie Woodhead Gymnastics Club each receive £2000 to help the local community get active

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire has congratulated two local organisations on being awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s 2014 Communities programme. The 121 grants worth £192,487 were made to a wide range of sporting projects across Scotland.

Turnbull High School in Bishopbriggs was awarded £2,000 to support a range of physical and recreational activities. The grant will fund coaching and transport costs that will allow more local people to volunteer and take part in sport or physical activity.

Lenzie Woodhead Gymnastics Club also received a £2,000 award allowing them to increase capacity at each of their 3 weekly sessions. The award will fund the purchase of A Bars (including floor plates) and provide training for 2 new volunteer coaches.

Created to support sporting activity in the run up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 Communities is funding projects that introduce Scots of all ages to a wide range of activities and healthier lifestyles.

Commenting, Jo said:

This is wonderful news for Turnbull High School and Lenzie Woodhead Gymnastics Club. I’m thrilled that these organisations have been successful in securing these grants. Both projects promise to help local children to lead active, healthy lives and improve their wellbeing. Well done to everyone at Turnbull High School and Lenzie Woodhead Gymnastics Club who helped to secure these awards.”

Commenting, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee Chair, Maureen McGinn, said:

“2014 Communities is about building a legacy of well-being across Scotland in the lead up to, and beyond, the Commonwealth Games. The essence of the 2014 Communities programme is supporting people to explore their potential through physical activity and bringing communities together through the twin tracks of sport and volunteering.”

 

  • 2014 Communities is a micro grants programme, offering local sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, community councils and schools grants of £300 to £2,000 to support and stimulate grass roots involvement in sport and physical activity. In year two of the programme, Big Lottery Fund has £1 million to award in grants. 2014 Communities will continue to operate up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, but what we focus our funding on and how we deliver our funding may change based on learning leading up to 2014.
  • 2014 Communities is about building a legacy of well-being before and beyond the Commonwealth Games. The programme aims to encourage more people to take part or volunteer in sport or physical activity as well as encourage greater community cohesion in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
  • The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 46% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
  • BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK since June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £26 billion has now been raised and more than 330,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.
  • The Scotland Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn, has been making Big Lottery Fund decisions on Scottish projects since March 2007. As well as taking devolved decisions on Lottery spending, the Committee has and will continue to play a strategic role in the future direction of BIG in Scotland.
  • The Big Lottery Fund is investing in Scotland’s communities through its Investing in Communities portfolio as well as the small grants schemes Awards for All and 2014 Communities

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