Hundreds of Pounds Given Out by Annandale and Eskdale Sports Grants 2017

Sporting individuals, schools and sports clubs in Annandale and Eskdale have benefited through hundreds of pounds of funding in recent weeks to support sporting performance, sports specific and club development.

Six awards for various amounts totalling £1614 have been presented to individuals, schools and clubs from the Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee Sports Grants programme. The six grants included: –

Applegarth Primary School Parent Council – who run an after school swimming club for Applegarth and Hutton Primary Schools. The club has over 30 young swimmers in the club and they were presented with a cheque for £348 towards travel costs for one term of swimming at Annan Swimming Pool.

Jessica Liddon – 23 year old Pistol Shooter, Jessica Liddon from Lockerbie. Who is ranked 1st in Great Britain hopes to qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia where she would represent Scotland. To do so, she needs to attend a number of qualifying events and requires funding to cover costs including travel, entry fees, and accommodation. She received £300, the maximum award for individual applications. (Pictured presenting the cheque to Jessica is Calum Graham, Lead Officer for Active Schools and Community Sport.)

Kelsie Mossop – Kelsie Mossop, aged 11 dances for Wells School of Highland Dance was the recipient of £200. Kelsie who had quickly progressed to higher levels in Highland Dancing had outgrown her Highland Dance outfit and the £200 was put towards toward the cost of new attire. (Pictured presenting the cheque to Jessica is Calum Graham, Lead Officer for Active Schools and Community Sport.)

Moffat Primary School Gymnastics Team – The primary schools gymnastics team have qualified to represent Scotland at the British Schools Gymnastics Finals in Stoke on Saturday 6th May. They received £400 towards the cost of Team Scotland Track Suits. (Pictured receiving the cheque from Active Schools and Community Sport Officer, Hayley Powell who also helps coach the team are Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Andrea Macfarlane and Nursery Teacher, Miss Rachel Hewitt who make up the coaching team at the primary school.)

Annan Academy School Gymnastics Team – received 50% and £266 funding towards the cost of twelve new gymnastics leotards for competing in local, regional and national competitions. (Pictured presenting the cheque to Gymnastics Team Coach, Steven McKinnel and gymnasts Lucy Armstrong, Emily Richardson, Beth Jardine and Hope Walkers is Sandra Proudfoot, Active Schools and Community Sport.)

Catherine McCleary – received £100 and 50% towards attending the Level 1 Tennis Coaching Assistant Course. Catherine now hopes to support the development of tennis and coach tennis at the local club and in schools. (Pictured presenting the cheque to Catherine is Calum Graham, Lead Officer for Active Schools and Community Sport with Angus McCleary, Murray Irving, Isla Irving and Thomas McCleary looking on).

Chairman of Annandale and Eskdale Area Committee Ronnie Ogilvie said “yet again we are delighted that we are able to support so many good local sporting causes in Annandale and Eskdale. Sport can, and does make a profound and positive impact on individuals, communities and wider society and we are delighted that these grants are making a positive difference for individuals, schools and local sports clubs.”


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