Supermarket helps school football

Children and coaches of Balivanich School Football Club.
Children and coaches of Balivanich School Football Club.

Balivanich School Football Club will soon be kitted out in new strips and training jackets thanks to a donation of £1,200 from MacLennans Supermarket.

Every Wednesday night after school, up to 50 children take part in training with the club, which is divided into two age groups.

Sessions takes place on the all-weather pitch at Balivanich School, led by coaches Chris Bennett, John Alex Skinner, Joan Ringstead and Kenneth MacDonald.

With the donation from MacLennans Supermarket, the club will be able to buy waterproof training jackets for all members, and strips for older children who take part in competitive games.

During a recent training session, Nicola MacLennan presented a cheque for £1,200 to the very grateful members and coaches of Balivanich School Football Club, and school headteacher, Mary Clare Ferguson.

MacLennans Supermarket made the donation through the shop’s ‘Making a Difference Locally’ (MADL) fund. MADL is a charity that helps independently run stores give back to their communities. When customers buy items marked with the pink MADL logo, a percentage of the cost is contributed to a fund, which the shop can then distribute to good causes in the community. Using money accumulated through MADL, MacLennans Supermarket has supported several local events and groups, Balivanich School Football Club being the latest.

Nicola MacLennan said: “We are really happy to help out our local school. Balivanich School Football Club is really well run and well organised, and is a great activity for the children, teaching them teamwork and helping to improve their fitness.”