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RunBalmoral Bursary Scheme - 5 March 2015

Nine North East groups and clubs are to benefit from the RunBalmoral sports bursary scheme, which was launched this year.

RunBalmoral Chairman James Knowles is delighted that the organisation has been able to support a wide range of bids, but acknowledges it was hard to turn some down.

He said:"We had a tremendous amount of interest in the bursary scheme but the value of the bids far outweighed the £2,500 we are able to make available, so, unfortunately, some had to be rejected and many others weren't able to get the full amount they had requested.

Despite that, I am delighted we are able to support nine very varied and exciting projects, each of which will hugely benefit youngsters taking part in sport throughout the north east of Scotland.

Many of the youngsters benefitting for the bursary will also be taking part in the races at Balmoral, which is great to see. But the most important thing of all is that each of the schemes we are supporting will encourage more and more young people to adopt healthy and fun pursuits."

The successful bids were:

  • Girls Brigade Aberdeen Division
    £250 towards the costs of a trip to an Outdoor Centre at Nethy Bridge.
  • Garioch Amateur Swimming Club
    £150 towards the cost of hiring a lane at Aberdeen Aquatics Centre.
  • Banchory Schools Orienteering Club
    £400 towards costs of transport to competitions and for the development of the sport in local schools.
  • Strachan Primary School
    £300 towards the costs of providing transport, coaching and equipment for the school running club.
  • Peterhead Athletic Club
    £200 towards the costs of transport to events and setting up the first ever club championships.
  • Monymusk School Parent Council
    £200 towards organising a fun adventure run - the Monymusk Muddy Run - for youngsters.
  • Fleet Feet Triathletes
    £400 towards the cost of organising a triathlon coaching day and race for 8-16 year-olds at Knockburn Loch.
  • Aboyne Academy Hockey Club
    £400 towards the cost of purchasing kit.
  • Finzean School and Ballogie Nursery
    £300 towards the costs of buying bikes, biking equipment, training courses, etc for youngsters.

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