An annual scheme undertaken by Stranraer Football Club to give local primary school pupils access to training facilities and professional coaches has received a boost this week following a donation by Cruden Building and Renewals, a multi-award winning Scottish house builder.
The scheme’s success has proved popular over a number of years but it had become clear that a number of disadvantaged families in the local area were struggling to afford the associated costs for their children to take part.
Cruden’s work with DGHP as part of the ongoing regeneration of the Dick’s Hill area of the town led the organisation to become aware of the funding requirements.
Its commitment to social inclusion and desire to avoid any children missing out led to a donation of £500 to support the community initiative.
The cheque was presented at a handover ceremony this week at the team’s Stair Park stadium.
Allan Callaghan, Manager Director, Cruden Building and Renewals, said: “Football sits at the heart of any community and Stranraer FC is no different. I was impressed to hear about this scheme which is designed to support young children in the area and when we heard of the funding requirements we wanted to do something to help.
“Social inclusion is a key part for all our business activity, as can be seen with our work undertaken at Dick’s Hill, and this will always be a key part of all that we do.
“We hope the financial support provided by Cruden gives the opportunity for all those who wish to attend the chance to do so. Who knows, one day some of the children will themselves play professional football for Stranraer, perhaps even progressing to pull on the dark blue of the Scottish national side.
“Everyone at Cruden wishes all those taking part the best of luck and wish to congratulate Stranraer FC on a brilliant initiative which looks set to benefit the local community for years to come.”
The Primary School Football camp runs this week from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 October.
2012 saw Cruden named as the contractor which would take over DGHP’s £15million regeneration programme in the area, a project which has seen many local people employed as part of its ongoing regeneration.