One in the Net for Lochmaben AFC
Footballers at Lochmaben AFC are one step closer to securing a new purpose built sports pavilion thanks to an award of £20,000 from the Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company.
Following the closure of the Dumfries Amateur League in 2014, the club were left with no league to play in. They were restricted from joining the Southern Counties league as they did not have changing facilities adjacent to the pitch.
A fundraising drive launched by Lochmaben to help build the new pavilion, has received huge support from the community, with in kind donations from a number of Club members including contributions of building materials, project management and skilled tradesmen. Thanks to this latest grant from ANCBC, the club are only 15% away from their target with £22,600 left to raise.
James Templeton from Lochmaben AFC said “This grant is a huge boost for the club, and surrounding area. There are no changing facilities at our football park and we have to currently play our football in Lockerbie, until our changing rooms are built. This grant is another milestone for the club which will ultimately benefit not just players of today, but will provide a lasting legacy for the next generations coming through for many years to come. We greatly appreciate the support of ANCBC.”
Annandale and Nithsdale Community Benefit Company (ANCBC), receives funding from ScottishPower Renewables’ Harestanes Windfarm and has awarded over £400,000 to local groups since the fund launched in 2015. Other Lochmaben projects supported by the fund include Lochmaben Community Council, Lochmaben Pickleball Club, Lochmaben Community Initiative and Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust.
Other groups to benefit from the latest round include Torthorwald Community Council, Electric Theatre Workshop, First Base Agency, Bankfoot House and Dumfries Baptist Church.
Martin Brown, ANCBC Chair said “It’s great to be able to add to the pot to support local initiatives that promote sport in the community. It is also great to see such dedication from local builders and craftsmen to give their time and talents for the project.”
Kenny Peberdy, UK Onshore Director for ScottishPower Renewables said “It is fantastic to see the community benefit funding from Harestanes Windfarm continuing to support so many great projects. We hope that the funds will make a real difference to Lochmaben AFC and all of the other projects. £8 million of funding will be available for communities over the 25 years that Harestanes windfarm is anticipated to operate for, and we hope that many more local projects come forward to seek support in the coming months and years.”
Closing date for the next round is Wednesday 29th March 2017. Full details on how to apply are available from www.ancbc.co.uk; alternatively call Foundation Scotland on 01557 814927.