MEMBERS of Cardenden Amateur Swimming Club have welcomed a cash boost from the Big Lottery Fund.
The club, which meets at Bowhill Swimming Pool, had applied for funding and was delighted when it then received grant of £7110 from the ‘Awards For All’ scheme which funds small, local community-based projects in the UK through the lottery.
Club chairman Fiona Hogwood said the money would make a “huge difference”.
She said: “We’re all absolutely delighted and excited at what we will be able to do with this money.
“It’s going to help us to renew equipment and go towards the training of our coaches.
“We also now have plans to bring in more specialist coaches to help with the children’s training. And we’re planning some land based training too to help build stamina.”
The club provides swimming training, team building and coaching to local children from the age of five upwards.
It is long established in the town, existing even before the swimming pool was built 40 years ago.
Its members travel to other places in Fife such as Dunfermline to use the facilities there.
Bowhill Swimming Pool was built with the help of the local miners who gave part of their wages to help pay for construction of the pool in conjunction with the Council.
Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Lindsay Roy welcomed the news, saying that the money “can only bring further benefit to the club and its members.”
Fiona said that as the club has broken up for Christmas some of its members may not know the good news.
She said: “We’ll be meeting with everyone in the new year to plan how best to spend the grant.”
As well as the swimming club’s welcome cash injection, the Big Lottery Fund also awarded £7484 to the John Fergus School in Glenrothes.
The school plans to use the money to build an access path leading to its new sensory garden.