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Dornoch to benefit from £50,000 sportscotland funding earmarked for new multi-use games area

By Andrew Henderson

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The Dornoch South Community Interest Company have been awarded a five-figure sum in sportscotland funding to build a new floodlit multi-use games area (MUGA).

With limited facilities currently on offer for sport and physical activity in the local area, the new MUGA will offer a range of sports including football, basketball, pickle ball, netball and tennis.

An electronic booking system will be introduced, and with floodlighting the facility will be fully accessible to the community during the day and in the evening.

Sportscotland have given £50,000 towards the project, one of 12 totalling an £819,885 investment in the latest round of sport facilities fund grants.

“We are delighted that sportscotland has agreed to support the creation of a MUGA in Dornoch," Dornoch Community Interest chair Joan Bishop said.

Dornoch area Community Interest Company chair Joan Bishop (right).
Dornoch area Community Interest Company chair Joan Bishop (right).

"With a growing population, there is a clear need for this facility, which will allow both children and adults alike space to meet, be active and begin a life-long journey through sport and physical activity.”

The aim of the sportscotland fund is to support projects designed to create or improve the places where people take part in sport and physical activity.

Priority is given to projects that widen access to participation, or allow people to progress further within their chosen sport by removing barriers – especially in rural areas, areas of deprivation and for under-represented groups.

The MUGA in Dornoch is not the only Highlands-based project to benefit this time around, as Kingussie Shinty Club have also been awarded £15,000 to help take sportscotland's total investment since April 2007 to over £200 million.

Active chief executive of sportscotland Forbes Dunlop, said: “The ambition behind the projects receiving investment in this latest round of sport facilities funding is inspiring, particularly as we are facing exceptionally challenging times with significant financial pressures at all levels.

“We know, however, that sport and physical activity have an important role to play in bringing communities together and building resilience.

"Thanks to the continued commitment of our local partners more people will have an opportunity to become physically active and feel part of their local community."

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