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National Lottery cash boost for Elgin Sport Community Trust's multi-sports facility and Aberlour Tennis Club's clubhouse renovation

By Craig Christie

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Two Moray sports organisations have been handed a welcome cash boost thanks to grant funding from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.

Work continues at Elgin Sports Community Trust's ground on Lesser Borough Briggs as they build a new all-weather sports facility...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Work continues at Elgin Sports Community Trust's ground on Lesser Borough Briggs as they build a new all-weather sports facility...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Elgin Sport Community Trust has received £10,000 to purchase goal posts, a small tractor and other equipment to begin offering services for their new all-weather, multi-sports facility at Lesser Borough Briggs.

Read more: Building under way at all-weather sports facility

And Aberlour Tennis Club were awarded £4,867 to make improvements to the tennis clubhouse, particularly the roofing and structure of the building.

Both groups received the award thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund in partnership with sportscotland.


The sports facility next to Elgin City's football ground will offer services to communities across Moray.

Aberlour Tennis Club want to refurbish their clubhouse so they can continue to run tennis activities for the community.

The club's welfare officer, Donna Brown, said: "We are delighted with this grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

"This financial support will be used to help fund an essential upgrade to the clubhouse to improve facilities and encourage expansion of our membership, especially to the younger members of the community.

“These improvements will help the future sustainability of the club, allowing tennis to continue in Aberlour for years to come.

"During this difficult year it is an exciting project which will hopefully encourage outdoor exercise for all ages and we are grateful to the National Lottery for their help.”

The funding comes from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland – a quick and simple way to access small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.

It has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players, who raise £30 million each week for good causes across the UK.

Across Scotland 23 sport and physical activity projects have received grants totalling over £130,000, part of an overall 224 awards being made to voluntary and community groups in Scotland, totalling £9,159,036.

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said: “At a time where there are plenty of challenges across the sporting sector in Scotland this funding will make a big difference to clubs up and down the country

“This support for sport and communities across Scotland would not be possible without National Lottery players. I’d like to thank them for their contributions which are playing a critical role in supporting people, projects and communities during these challenging times.”

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland Chair, Kate Still, said: “It’s great to see such a variety of projects being funded to help people as they continue to be affected by the pandemic.

“We know that even a small amount of money can really help to change lives and, as a funder, our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroot groups across Scotland.

“National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference in Scotland.”

National Lottery Awards for All Scotland is now more straightforward to apply to and faster to get funding from.

Applications are received on a rolling basis and can be received at any time.

To find out what National Lottery Awards for All Scotland could do for your community visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk or phone 0141 846 0447.

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