RunBalmoral 2018 Young People’s Sports Bursary

RunBalmoral is once again promoting an exciting initiative which aims to support opportunities for young people to adopt healthy lifestyles and to participate in sport.

Over the past year £3,000 was distributed to 11 north-east groups and clubs who benefitted from the RunBalmoral sports bursary scheme. The success of the bursary project means it is to be repeated for 2017-2018.

We have, however, extended the geographical limits for bids to include the whole of north and north-east Scotland. Schools, clubs and other organisations within the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, local authority areas seeking funding for projects which encourage youngsters to take part in running or other active sporting activities are eligible to apply. We have also introduced a new category of award related to increasing secondary school participation in the RunBalmoral event

The Bursary fund for 2018 will again be £3,000 but this will be divided into two separate pots.

Pot 1: £2,000 – All Purpose Awards

Funding can be made to support the cost of transport to sports events or facilities; for hiring of specialist coaches/equipment; or for the purchase of kit/equipment; etc. Any innovative ideas will be considered. Bids could be for the total amount needed for a project to proceed or to support funding being provided from other sources.  Successful bidders must demonstrate that the funding can be used within 12 months of being awarded.

Small bids allow us to support a variety of projects but in exceptional circumstances a single large award up to the maximum may be made.

Pot 2: £1,000 – Secondary Schools participation at RunBalmoral

We are looking for innovative projects which lead to an increased number of participants in the RunBalmoral secondary schools 2.5km race. This might be to support after school running clubs which encourage more teenagers to get involved with the sport; it could be for the purchase of running kit for a new team; or it could be to help subsidise transport to the RunBalmoral meeting for a group of youngsters who might not otherwise be able to make the trip. There will be a need to clearly show that the recipients of the bursary will participate in RunBalmoral 2018.

As with Pot 1, small bids allow us to support a variety of projects but in exceptional circumstances a single large award up to the maximum may be made.

RunBalmoral Chairman James Knowles said: “I am delighted that we are in a position to continue this initiative into a fourth year. RunBalmoral is a community event which has always attempted to promote sport in a positive way by offering races for all age groups from primary school age up to veterans in their 60’s and 70’s. We are particularly keen to see more secondary school pupils in the 11-15 age group participating at Balmoral which is why we have introduced our new award scheme this year.I am looking forward to receiving some exciting suggestions as to how this might be achieved.

“The bursary award scheme has proven to be popular over the past three years and we were delighted to help so many different groups. I hope it proves to be equally beneficial in 2017-2018, even in a small way, in helping more youngsters to become involved in sport, or to open up opportunities for young people which might not otherwise have been possible.”

Bids should be submitted on one side of A4 and sent by email to

The bids should clearly state:

  • The name of the bidding organisation.
  • The name of a key contact along with phone,email and postal address details.
  • The amount of funding required and for what purpose.
  • How the project will encourage more young people to enjoy healthy lifestyles and/or participate in sport.
  • How many young people are expected to benefit from the project.
  • When the money will be spent.
  • From which Pot you are applying.

Bids should be submitted by midnight on 19th January 2018

The decision on the winning bid or bids will be made by the Board of RunBalmoral and the results announced in February 2018.

All successful applicants will be expected to:-

Provide a short report to RunBalmoral (no more than one side of A4) and, if possible, photographs, showing how the bursary was used, within one month of the money being spent.

Acknowledge in any publicity, the support given by RunBalmoral.

The 2016-2017 successful bids were:

Aboyne Academy Orienteering Club – assistance with transport to the Scottish Schools Orienteering Festival.

Aboyne Bike Park Association – maintenance and repair of the bike park community project.

Banchory primary school – purchase of equipment/kit for school running club.

Banff Academy – purchase of vests for the school running club (below).

Clerkhill  School, Peterhead – purchase of PE equipment.

Dales Park School, Peterhead – purchase of boccia kit.

Fraserburgh Running Club – purchase of indoor junior athletics equipment to support a run, jump and throw programme.

Inverurie Academy – support for the Fit for Girls project.

Mile End Primary School, Aberdeen – purchase of vests for school running club

Scotstown school, Aberdeen – purchase of gymnastic mats (below).