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Burghead rowing club buoyed by shop scheme

By Lorna Thompson

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A MORAY rowing club has been chosen to benefit from a supermarket's community scheme.

The Co-op Local Community Fund is supporting Burghead Coastal Rowing Club in its bid to raise funds for an outbuilding or shelter, which will in turn help members to build local interest in rowing.

Julie Stewart, rowing club captain, said: "At a time when funds for community groups and charitable organisations are becoming more difficult to access, we’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity to make a real difference to our club.

"We are raising funds for a multi-purpose outbuilding or shelter where we can engage the community to get involved with rowing and all that this involves.

"The club helps both members and the wider community, from teenagers to pensioners, by bringing people together to try a new outdoor activity and get involved in our activities both on and off the water.

"Our recently formed junior section brings children together from local schools, promoting new skills, teamwork and friendships.

Burghead Coastal Rowing Club members.
Burghead Coastal Rowing Club members.

"The sport promotes health and fitness and general mental wellbeing, and being a part of the club encourages inclusion and community spirit not only locally but at events that bring clubs together across Scotland."

The club's boat was built as a community project. Members say the shelter will provide a safe, dry space to socialise, plan, train, do boat maintenance, hold open days and support village events.

The Co-op is supporting organisations that make a difference in their local communities. Through the scheme, Co-op members earn a five per cent reward for themselves and a further one per cent for local causes when they buy selected products or services. Card-holding customers can choose a cause by visiting www.coop.co.uk/membership or the rowing club's Co-op entry at https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/39748.

Julie added: "We really hope that people will visit the website and choose to support us."

For more information about the club, visit www.burgheadcoastalrowingclub.co.uk.

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