Sports groups get cash boost
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WE'RE QUIDS IN: Yvonne Prager of Glenpark Harriers, Bobby Thomson of Sport Inverclyde, Inverclyde Leisure's Andy McGilp, Vince Gillen of Inverclyde Phoenix and Michael McCauley and John McGhee of Wellington Bowling Club. Picture: Sheenagh Cameron
SIX sports groups in Inverclyde have won gold after being awarded a share of vital grant money.
Sport Inverclyde dished out the cash, totalling almost £2,000, to promote the development of sport during a special presentation held in the Waterfront Leisure Centre on Wednesday.
Inverclyde Phoenix American Football Club was awarded funds to assist with the cost of taking its youth team to the finals of the prestigious British American Football Championships in Sheffield later this month.
Vincent Gillen, head coach, was delighted to receive a grant for his club.
He said: "Our players have had to find £100 each to go which is expensive for school pupils, so every little helps."
Greenock Glenpark Harriers were awarded funds to take a group of young athletes to a summer camp team-building event in Dumfries. Also celebrating are Clyde Cavaliers Basketball Club, who received funds for new replacement strips for their forthcoming season in the Strathclyde League.
Greenock Table Tennis Club will be able to purchase equipment for the new season for their player development sessions and club matches after they won a grant.
Wellington Park Bowling Club received money to assist with the travel costs of their Scottish Pairs Championship team to participate in the British Isles Pairs Championship in Wales, which they subsequently won.
And the Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club was awarded funds to purchase two sets of admiralty pattern oars for their St Ayles' skiffs.
Andy McGilp, development manager for Inverclyde Leisure, said: "We are delighted to offer support to these sports clubs, who are clearly very hard working and making every effort to promote themselves and their sport in the wake of a very successful Olympic campaign.
"Whilst Sport Inverclyde can offer very limited financial support to its affiliated club members, I would encourage all clubs to look at the bigger funding picture and make applications for Awards for All funding, which could be potentially up to £10,000 and is available to each and every club for development purposes, providing they meet very basic criteria."
This article appeared in Greenock Telegraph 17 Aug 12