Drumming up funds for Commonwealth events

Lottery payouts will help pay for drumming lessons and football coaching on the Rosneath Peninsula and in Garelochhead this year.

Local groups will benefit from the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy awards totalling £1m announced by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland today.

Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust has been given £4,250 for a project to introduce children, young people and adults to the culture of African and Caribbean Commonwealth nations by drumming lessons and teaching them the history behind drumming.

Participants will be able to demonstrate their drumming skills when leading the annual peninsula Sea Change Festival parade in June and taking part in performances at Cove Burgh Hall as part of the festival.

And Route 81/Project 81 Youth and Community Enterprise Ltd, in Garelochhead, has been awarded £3,237 for fortnightly Friday evening football sessions run by a professional coach.

Up to 24 young people will be involved per session over an 11 month period, culminating in a knockout competition on the theme of the Commonwealth, where the young people involved will play against teams from the local community.

Announcing the awards, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chair, Maureen McGinn said: “I am delighted to see such a wide and diverse range of projects benefiting from the Celebrate and 2014 Communities funds.

“This Lottery funding will reach into some of Scotland’s most rural and remote communities, as well as inner city areas, allowing people across Scotland to feel connected to this landmark sporting event.”

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