Links Park’s £11k community grant

The mighty stand at the Montrose FC ground, where the Links Park Community Trust is based. Organisers are celebrating their �11,269 windfall.
The mighty stand at the Montrose FC ground, where the Links Park Community Trust is based. Organisers are celebrating their �11,269 windfall.

MONTROSE Football Club has received a funding grant of £11,269 from the Scottish Communities League Cup sponsorship programme.

The money, raised through the Scottish Government’s sponsorship of the 2012/13 Scottish Communities League Cup, will be used to help fund the Gable Endies’ numerous community-engagement initiatives.

Links Park Community Trust, in partnership with football club, offers a range of innovative sporting, health and educational programmes available to the people of Montrose.

The Trust offers a range of recreational, developmental and competitive football programmes for all ages, from the Links Little Dribblers initiative for pre-school children to the Just Play bounce games for adults aged between 30 and 65.

Funding from the Scottish Communities League Cup will also support the Trust’s educational initiatives, including the innovative health, numeracy, literacy and science Links Trails.

These role-play trails, run during school tours of Links Park stadium, are designed to help primary pupils explore and understand the roles English, mathematics, health and science play in the everyday running of a football club.

Links Park Community Trust also works in partnership with NHS Tayside and other Montrose-based groups on various programmes, including free Friday night football sessions for local youths to promote a healthy lifestyle approach. The Trust is also in the process of developing free health checks for men aged between 49 and 70.

The funding will also be used to help develop a learning centre at Links Park, which will include IT facilities, as well as recruit and train an extensive network of volunteers to support the work of the Trust.

Peter Davidson, Links Park Community Trust’s general manager, said: “The allocation of this money will allow the Trust to further develop its community-based programmes across all three strands – football, education and health.

“It’s encouraging to receive this significant funding at a time when financial constraints cast a large shadow over Scottish football.

“This grant award will be put to good use by supporting our biggest fans – the people of Montrose.”

This year, the Scottish Government’s sponsorship of the Cup has increased 70 per cent to the tune of £1.7 million, £473,311 of which is from the Cashback for Communities programme.

Each of the 42 SPL and SFL clubs were invited to bid for individual packages of £11,269, which could be used to create new opportunities for people to participate in sport and to help support on-going community engagement programmes.

The Cup’s community funding is designed to help strengthen links between clubs and communities, which ties in with the Scottish Government’s drive to get more young people involved in sport and other physical activities.

The Cashback initiative invests money seized from criminal activity back into Scotland’s communities and, since the programme’s inception in 2007, more than 600,000 young people across Scotland have benefited.