Olympiad group facing £15,000 shortfall

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FRUSTRATED Fife organisers behind the team taking part in this summer’s Youth Olympiad in Italy say, while the end of their fund-raising marathon is in sight, there remain a few major hurdles to cross, reports SCOTT INGLIS.

The event will take place from July 27-31 in Alba, northern Italy - but the voluntary committee is still £15,000 shy of its final required figure as May’s deadline approaches.

Sponsorship convener John Vaughan explained: “That might not seem a lot, as it is the financial equivalent of everyone in Fife giving us just 50p each, but somehow we still need to come up with the shortfall before we have to review our costings yet again, to see if there are other areas where even more drastic savings can still be made.

“In the big picture, and even in today’s hard times, £15,000 should not be an insurmountable amount and we remain hopeful we will be able to raise the balance in some way, but even at this late stage we would love to hear from someone who thinks they can make a dent – hopefully a significant one - in the amount outstanding.”

The group has had support so far, for which it is very grateful, and still hoped local authorities, Common Good Funds, trusts, Community Councils and others region-wide might also become involved.

Anyone who would like to contribute in some way can contact the committee via Olympiad’s Levenmouth secretary, Aileen Penny, at Fife Sports Institute in Glenrothes (telephone 01592 583305 or e-mail fifeolympiad@aol.com)

The 2011 Olympiad will feature athletics, badminton, basketball, football, judo, karate, swimming, table tennis, volleyball and tennis.