Club in £150k ‘bonus’

A COMMUNITY sports organisation in Cumbernauld has scored £150,000 to help build new facilities.

Cumbernauld Colts Football Club were awarded the cash by the environmental key fund. It will go towards new clubhouse facilities and a new 3G Astrograss pitch.

The new facilities will enhance Colts’ ability to promote sport and healthy activity in the community, and enable it to expand from around 300 members to over 500. Membership is available to all ages from five to adult.

Colts vice chairman Martin Doogan said: “The funding from the Environmental Key Fund is a huge boost to the Colts and will go a long way towards meeting the costs of our community hub expansion plans. The club has been operating in the Cumbernauld area since 1969 and has become increasingly popular with the local community in recent years.

“We are the only club in North Lanarkshire to have achieved the Scottish Football Association’s ‘Quality Marked Community Status’ accreditation but the biggest obstacle to our continued expansion is space. This support from the EKF will allow us to convert an unused blaes pitch into a state-of-the-art facility which people throughout Cumbernauld can come and use.

“The ethos of Cumbernauld Colts has always been that we are an inclusive club for the whole community and we would encourage all local groups in need of funding throughout North Lanarkshire to apply to the EKF for support.”

EKF chairman Councillor John Pentland added: “Cumbernauld Colts are at the heart of the Cumbernauld community and this funding will allow them to expand and continue their valuable work.

“The Environmental Key Fund offers groups the opportunity to realise their ambitions and we hope that more groups from across North Lanarkshire follow the Colts’ example and apply for EKF funding.”

The Environmental Key Fund has a cash pot of £500,000 earmarked for deserving non-profit community organisations in North Lanarkshire.

For further details of who is eligible for funding, how much they can apply for and when they need to do it. visit: www.environmentalkeyfund.com, call 01698 302121 or e-mail externalfunding@northlan.gov.uk.