Good sports: builder supports East Dunbartonshire group with welcome donation

KIRKINTILLOCH-based charity The Sporting Aces has secured a welcome funding boost from housebuilder CALA Homes (West).

The organisation, which offers sport and social activities to adults, children and young people with physical, learning and communications difficulties, was awarded £1,000 through CALA’s community bursary initiative.

The cash has contributed to the purchase of a range of awards – including medals and shields – to mark the end of the group’s ‘Achievement Challenge’ which has seen members carry out various activities. It will also go towards additional support for the group, including sports leaders.

Allwyn Crawford, operations manager of The Sporting Aces, said, “We’re incredibly grateful to CALA Homes (West) for its generous donation through the community bursary scheme. Our members have been working hard on their own personal Achievement Challenges – from helping and supporting others in the community to carrying out random acts of kindness – and it’s wonderful to be able to hand out some lovely awards as a token of their efforts.

“We rely on funding from various sources to keep the group going and enable us to provide vital activities to our members. Our weekly dance class is just one example of the variety of multi-sport sessions we run in order to build members’ confidence and resilience – and they make such a difference to everyone.”

Sophie Whittaker, marketing co-ordinator at CALA Homes (West), visited one of the awards presentations, which took place at Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre, following the charity’s ‘Dance Boogie Fit’ session.

She said, “We’re thrilled to provide support to The Sporting Aces. Allwyn and the volunteers provide fantastic resources for their members from both a health and wellbeing, and social perspective. The group has been a real support to many of the members and their families for years, particularly during the pandemic.

“It was great to see just how much some of the members of the group, along with their parents and carers, get from the sessions. And it was wonderful to see them all awarded for their brilliant achievements over the past few months.”