Aberdour sports club scores top prize in Aldi funding

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Aberdour Shinty Club has secured the top prize of £2500 from among 15 sports clubs across Scotland as part of Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund.

Fifteen sports clubs across Fife, Dundee, Angus, and Perth and Kinross all benefited from a share of over £10,000 with Aberdour Shinty Club netting the top prize.

The club has invested its £2500 prize towards buying additional helmets and shinty sticks for its youth and women’s sections, which have both seen huge growth in membership over the past year.

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Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund is an initiative that aims to help people of all ages take part in physical activity within their local communities by giving clubs the chance to secure funding to put towards a range of purposes, including new strips and equipment.

Aberdour Shinty Club. Pic: Kenny Smith Photography.Aberdour Shinty Club. Pic: Kenny Smith Photography.
Aberdour Shinty Club. Pic: Kenny Smith Photography.

Lisa MacColl, lead coach at Aberdour Shinty Club said: “We are incredibly grateful to Aldi for their generous funding. Last year, we were closed for five months with little income and no fundraising, so the investment couldn’t have come at a better time.

"It is great to be able to thank Aldi publicly and their support has given us the vital boost required to bring in new members from the local community and help fellow members develop their shinty skills and overall health and wellbeing.”

Other sports clubs across the region also benefited from cash donations ranging from £500 and £1,000 each. Those that benefitted included, Milnathort Golf Club in Kinross, Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club, St Andrews Angling Club, Fife Canoeing Club and Methil Sea Cadets.

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Over 100 Applications were submitted from across Fife, Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Angus and a judging panel from Aldi was given the tough job of reviewing the submissions and selecting the beneficiaries.

Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund is open to any sporting organisation in Scotland that meets the application criteria, from rugby clubs to after school groups and everything in between.

Richard Holloway, regional managing director for Aldi Scotland, said: “2020 was a challenging year for grassroots sport with many clubs facing a reduction in member fees and restrictions on training during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"It’s fantastic to see the difference the funding can make to organisations such as Aberdour Shinty Club, and in turn helping them to support members lead a healthier, happier life.”

For more information please visit: Aldi Scottish Sport Fund

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