£20,000 cash boost for Carronhill play project

A major project to transform the playground at Stonehaven’s Carronhill School into an outdoor learning zone is set to be launched.

The scheme has received a £20,732 cash boost from the Scottish Government’s Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund.

The project is being lead by Carronhill School, who are working with Grounds for Learning to develop the outdoor play area.

A new play area will be constructed in the grounds of the school to provide local people with a free and accessible way of getting active in their community.

The project is one of 40 initiatives awarded almost £2 million to improve community facilities and encourage participation in sport in the run up to the Commonwealth Games.

First Minister Alex Salmond said: “Glasgow 2014 will be the largest sporting and cultural event Scotland has ever hosted and, with less than one-year to go, there is a great sense of pride and excitement around the Games.

“The investment in community facilities across Scotland is part of this government’s vision to deliver a lasting legacy through the Games, by improving local facilities and encouraging people to get active, either through sport or something simple like going for a walk.

“The Games coming to Scotland provides an exceptional opportunity to make our nation healthier, help our businesses to prosper and celebrate our modern and vibrant culture both at home and on the world stage.

“Across Scotland local communities will benefit from the Active Places Fund giving people of all ages the opportunity to be part of the excitement created through the Games.”

In total, the £10 million fund has distributed £3.1m to 64 projects the length and breath of the country to build playparks, upgrade walking trails and refurbish football pitches and deliver a lasting legacy from the Games.

With additional funding from partners, communities are seeing more than £8.3 million invested in facilities across Scotland.

The fund is administered by sportscotland.

Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland, said: “sportscotland and the Scottish Government are working closely to deliver a successful sporting legacy from Glasgow 2014, and the Active Places Fund is a key component of that vision. Sporting facilities for both performance athletes and local communities are the best they have ever been in Scotland.

‘‘We are well placed to capitalise on the growing captivation surrounding next year’s Games as we continue to expand Scotland’s stock of excellent facilities and provide more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate in sport and physical activity.”

To find out more and apply to the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund, visit www.sportscotand.org.uk/Activeplacesguidance.

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