Commonwealth Games funding available for island groups

Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk. 'Free to Use'(LtoR) Katie Kelly (9), Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, Aidan Jordaan (10), Chris Calk coach at Chalky's Gymnastics Club in Stirling, Jim McLaren Chairman of QMS and Georgia McKenzie (9)  'Today [15 May] twenty inspirational individuals and sports groups were awarded a coveted 'Go for it Scotland!' sports and healthy living bursary, by QMS and sportscotland. To mark the occasion, the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, joined some of the winners at Chalky's Gymnastics Club in Stirling, to celebrate their award.  Collectively, the bursaries are set to benefit thousands of people across the country in a bid to encourage and celebrate healthy, active living in Scotland.  The sport and healthy activity bursary scheme, 'Go for it Scotland!', was launched last year by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), in collaboration with sportscotland.  Individuals, groups and clubs of all ages and abilities were invited to apply for
Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk. 'Free to Use'(LtoR) Katie Kelly (9), Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, Aidan Jordaan (10), Chris Calk coach at Chalky's Gymnastics Club in Stirling, Jim McLaren Chairman of QMS and Georgia McKenzie (9) 'Today [15 May] twenty inspirational individuals and sports groups were awarded a coveted 'Go for it Scotland!' sports and healthy living bursary, by QMS and sportscotland. To mark the occasion, the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, joined some of the winners at Chalky's Gymnastics Club in Stirling, to celebrate their award. Collectively, the bursaries are set to benefit thousands of people across the country in a bid to encourage and celebrate healthy, active living in Scotland. The sport and healthy activity bursary scheme, 'Go for it Scotland!', was launched last year by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), in collaboration with sportscotland. Individuals, groups and clubs of all ages and abilities were invited to apply for

With less than 220 days until the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) in partnership with sportscotland has announced applications are now open for individuals, groups and local sports clubs in the Western Isles to apply for a special £500 Go For It Scotland bursary!

For the third and final year of the programme QMS and sportscotland have doubled the number of available, from 20 to 40.

Launched in 2012, over 1000 people, including from the Isles of Orkney and Skye, Wester Ross, Sutherland, Inverness-shire, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Ayrshire have benefited from the programme. It is open to individuals and groups of all ages and ability provided they live and train in Scotland and take part in a healthy activity that increases heart rate.

Go For It Scotland funding can be used for equipment, specialist clothing, travel, training, nutrition, coaching or even to set up a new group of activities within a primary school or local sports club. Recent recipients of the bursary have included individuals participating in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games’ sports, including track cycling and weightlifting.

Jennifer Robertson, Health and Education Co-ordinator, Quality Meat Scotland explained: “Since its launch, Go For It Scotland has helped many individuals and clubs across Scotland to be better equipped and offer greater opportunities for physical activity in local communities.

“Working in partnership with sportscotland, the bursary programme is a terrific extension to our other health and education initiatives that encourage a better understanding of the importance of a healthy diet and the role played in that by beef, lamb and pork.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, the national agency for sport, commented: “Our partnership with Quality Meat Scotland has benefited a number of excellent projects throughout the country which assist young people to participate in sport and physical activity.

“With 2014 set to be a momentous year for Scottish sport, we are delighted to be involved in the bursary scheme again.

“It is great that the number of projects set to receive funding has been doubled which will help provide more and better opportunities for countless children and young people.”

Applications to be considered for one of the 40 £500 Go For It Scotland bursaries can be downloaded at www.qmscotland.co.uk or visit www.sportscotland.org.uk