Aug 16 2012 By Katy Gordon
OVER £200,000 has been made available to groups in Auchterarder to promote physical activity.
With the London Olympics highlighting some of the best of Britain’s sports stars, the West Perthshire Recreational Facility Committee, known locally as the “swimming pool committee”, has opened up its coffers to local organisations.
Chairperson Jenny Haldane told the Herald: “Seeing as how successful the Olympic Games were, Auchterarder deserves to use the pool fund to promote and improve sports and fitness in the area.”
The head of the fund added that although the money was initially raised to pay for a swimming pool in the town, it “wasn’t going to happen” so the money, rather than sitting not being used, would be better given out.
And already the Auchterarder Gymnastics Club has benefited, receiving £25,000 in June to pay to replace ageing equipment.
Jenny said: “In our constitution it says that the organisation is to ‘support recreation’ and I would like to see more people involved with sport and physical activity.”
She added that she wanted to see people of all ages and sports benefit from the money.
In 1987, the Herald reported that Auchterarder voted to pursue a new swimming pool in the town. However, Crieff was also hoping for a facility, and ultimately Perth and Kinross District Council, who said they couldn’t pay the operating costs for two facilities in Strathearn, opted for the latter to get the pool.
Auchterarder residents had held a number of events to raise money for their share of the swimming pool, which the West Perthshire Recreational Facility Committee held. In 2007, Jenny approached the town’s community council looking for ideas on how the money could be spent. But, after receiving only two replies, the decision was taken to allow people to apply for funding for projects.
“We will look at applications made by anyone who wants to get people up and going.
“The one thing I wouldn’t like to see is any projects we help broken up by vandals.
“The amount of money we will give to a project depends on the project itself.”
Anyone interested in applying to the fund can contact Jenny Haldane on 01764 662299.