CUMBERNAULD Colts, one of Cumbernauld's youth Football league clubs has been awarded £400'000 from the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities scheme.
The £400'000 will go towards a brand new, full size 3G pitch and changing and recreational facilities for the club and the community.
The Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities Programme redistributes cash seized from criminals back into community initiatives across the country. Since 2007, nearly £40million of funding has been invested into a variety of projects.
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Stewart McKenzie, Chairman of Cumbernauld Colts FC said: “This is excellent news for Cumbernauld Colts, and a real tribute to the hard work put in by so many people at the club over the years. This builds on the good practice we have adopted as a club and the fact that we have previously been awarded an SFA quality mark community award.
“The funding will allow us to develop a brand new facility that will allow the club to take our activities to the next level.
“It’s great to see funds which have been seized from criminals put to such good use and for community benefit.”
Commenting, on the great news, Jamie Hepburn MSP said: “I am delighted that the Colts have been awarded such a significant sum, which will be a major boost not just to the club but to the whole of Cumbernauld. This is one of the biggest awards in the scheme and is a huge vote of confidence in Cumbernauld Colts.
“The Cashback for Communities fund has made a real difference to a variety of projects in the area in recent years, but this has to be the icing on the cake.
“I’ve spoken to the Colts’ chairman Stewart McKenzie to congratulate him and the club on their successful application, and I know everyone at the club is extremely pleased at the award.
“I’ve no doubt this funding will help Cumbernauld Colts go from strength to strength, and the new facilities it funds will provide a boost to the local economy and a lasting effect in the wider community.”
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