Two sports clubs in Orkney have been handed a welcome cash boost thanks to grant funding from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.
Orkney Judo and the Orkney Branch of the Pony Club have received cash grants totalling a combined £11,416, thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund in partnership with sportscotland.
The funding comes from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland – a quick and simple way to access small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000. The grants have been made possible thanks to National Lottery players, who raise £30 million each week for good causes across the UK.
Orkney Judo have received £4,000 to purchase new judo mats and equipment for training while the Orkney Branch of the Pony Club will use a grant of £7,416 to replace show jump equipment. The new cross-country jumps will provide additional facilities for training and competitions, making the only cross country-course in Orkney making it accessible to more riders and horses.
Orkney Judo Assistant Coach, Niall Allison, said:
“We are very grateful for this grant of £4,000. It is being used to buy judo mats and mat trolleys.
“Up until now we have been using gymnastic mats but with the grant, we will be using the real thing. Until the members have experienced the difference between them, they don’t know what they have been missing. Safety is always our number one priority and having these mats will make throws even safer.”
Orkney Branch of the Pony Club Membership Secretary, Liz Foubister, said:
“The funding from Awards to All will go a long way to help implement the proposed plans for new show jumps and cross country jumps. The show jumps will replace the existing ones which are coming to the end of their usable life.
“They will be designed to British Show Jumping standards to allow BS shows to take place alongside existing competitions. This has not been possible to date. The new cross country jumps will provide additional smaller jumps to the cross-country course at the Riding Centre, making the facility accessible to younger riders and horses.”
Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said:
“This funding from The National Lottery will make a huge difference to clubs and communities the length and breadth of the country. The grants will help improve sporting opportunities as part of Scotland’s world-class sporting system for all.
“A huge thanks must go National Lottery players – without their contribution today’s investment on sports clubs and physical activity organisations would not have been possible. That contribution is playing a critical role in supporting people, projects and communities during these challenging times.”
A National Lottery Awards for All spokesperson said:
“These awards, made possible by National Lottery players, are helping to make amazing contribution to the nation-wide response to combat the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across Scotland. I would like to congratulate all the groups receiving funding today they are all important projects which will support people now, and in the future, when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”
National Lottery Awards for All Scotland is now more straightforward to apply to and faster to get funding from. Applications are received on a rolling basis and can be received at any time. To find out what National Lottery Awards for All Scotland could do for your community visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk or phone 0141 846 0447.