Projects are in the money

Gar­den and soc­cer school ben­e­fit

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Two projects based in Ruther­glen were cel­e­brat­ing when a na­tional food com­pany dropped by to drop of a cheque.

Fern­hill Soc­cer School and Calder­wood Pri­mary Com­mu­nity Out­door Gar­den were two of three re­cip­i­ents of the first ever McIn­vest fund­ing from ready meal man­u­fac­tur­ers McIn­tosh Foods.

The For­far-based com­pany who are part of the fam­ily-owned Strath­more Foods – started the process in May this year.

They whit­tled ap­pli­ca­tions down to a short­list of just nine and asked mem­bers of the pub­lic to vote for the de­serv­ing win­ners.

Amaz­ingly, the two lo­cal projects, un­der two miles apart, were cho­sen as the medium and large project win­ners.

Fern­hill Soc­cer School, who picked up the medium award, run ses­sions for chil­dren aged three to 14, and this ad­di­tional fund­ing has se­cured their fu­ture.

In last week’s Re­former we an­nounced their work was help­ing to end ter­ri­to­ri­al­ism be­tween youths in the scheme and neigh­bour­ing Castlemilk.

Wil­liam Hep­burn, vice-chair­man of the school, said: “The fund­ing will keep the club go­ing for the fore­see­able fu­ture, keep­ing the kids in kit and pay­ing for the free fruit and wa­ter we give out ev­ery week.

“We have up to 70 kids in the club. We’re just try­ing to keep kids off the street, help them meet other peo­ple and give them a start in foot­ball – and life.”

Calder­wood Pri­mary School are hop­ing to grow their gar­den to pro­vide an out­door learn­ing space for pupils.

Suzanne Steven­son, who is a sub­group leader with the par­ent coun­cil gar­den project, ex­plained the fund­ing will go to­wards their long- term goals.

She said: “The gar­den project has been go­ing on for about two years now, and it has been re­ally hard get­ting fund­ing. So it’s re­ally great that we’ve started to get some money in.

“The McIn­tosh fund­ing is go­ing to­wards the mu­sic side of the project – we’re hop­ing to get out­door mu­si­cal in­stru­ments so the kids can use the space out­side more, and also get the lo­cal com­mu­nity in­volved, too.”

McIn­tosh Foods de­cided to run the fund­ing awards to help their loyal com­mu­nity of cus­tomers af­ter see­ing growth across the busi­ness in re­cent years.

Julie Nis­bet, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Strath­more Foods, said: “This project is re­ally ap­pro­pri­ate to who we are as a com­pany – we are a fam­ily run busi­ness and our con­sumers are very loyal to us, so it’s nice to be able to give some­thing back to them.

“We re­ally wanted to find a way to help the com­mu­nity that has sup­ported us so greatly over the past cou­ple of years.”

Win­ner Sarah McDon­ald with coaches Kevin An­der­son, David O’Neil and Billy Hep­burn

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