Perthshire North MSP, Mr John Swinney and North Perthshire MP Mr Pete Wishart, have both welcomed news that two Perthshire groups have recently secured Awards for All funding totalling £9,234.
Take a Pride in Errol has recently received a £3734 Awards for All grant from Big Lottery Fund. This will assist in enhancements to a green space within the village for community use by funding stone seating, an information panel, fingerpost signage, an oil drum BBQ, cycle stands and picnic tables.
Additionally, Perth Disabled Table Tennis Club has recently received a £5500 Awards for All grant from SportScotland. The Club will establish the area's first table tennis club to cater primarily for disabled athletes. The group have recently set themselves up in March 2012 and will give volunteering opportunities for local table tennis players to teach and work with the group's disabled members.
Commenting on the awards Mr Swinney said:
“This is excellent news for these organisations and well done to both teams. Take Pride in Errol have ensured, with their work to secure this funding, that there will now be a much improved communal space for the community to enjoy.
“The Perth Disabled Table Tennis Club have ensured they are promoting individual’s life chances, community building and healthier lifestyles in one very comprehensive and successful bid.
“Awards for All Scotland provide grants of between £500 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community. I would urge other interested groups to visit: http://www.awardsforall.org.uk/scotland/ to find out more.”
Mr Wishart added:
“I am delighted for both of these local groups who have secured awards of funding recently.
“I wish the newly formed Perth Disabled Tennis Club all the very best as they get themselves established. I am sure that it will be a great success and, who knows, perhaps there is someone out there, inspired by the Paralympics, for whom this new resource will represent a real route to sporting success.
“Meanwhile the plans that Pride in Errol have put in place will provide amenities that will be a real benefit to locals and visitors alike seeking to enjoy the outdoors in a beautiful village.”