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The 2014 Community Challenge Fund was created by Perth and Kinross Council to help communities in Perth and Kinross to take part in the exciting events taking place in Scotland in 2014.
It forms part of the Council’s Legacy programme, ‘Take Part, Take Pride, Take Place’. Support is available to constituted community groups for projects that celebrate The 2014 Ryder Cup, the Commonwealth Games and Queen’s Baton Relay or Homecoming, including local sports events, cultural celebrations or artistic performance, local festivals and projects to decorate or enhance local communities.
The village of Stanley has proposed a range of events which have been allocated Community Challenge funding of £2,014. Plans include community games in the local Primary School grounds which will give all members of the community of all ages an opportunity to take part in and observe a varied programme of events on 24 May 2014. The afternoon is designed to raise the profile and celebrate the Commonwealth Games locally.
All the local organisations have worked together to put on many events including races, football, fly-casting, tennis, free running, bowling and an orienteering challenge as well as activities for young people and children. These include a bouncy castle, Commonwealth themed face painting, a talent show and obstacle races. For the less active there will be a Commonwealth quiz. There will also be a games closing ceremony and ceilidh which will be open to all ages in the evening.
The Secretary of the Stanley Development Trust, William Waddell said: “All age groups in our community will benefit from these events. The day is designed to bring people together as a community in a way which supports a vibrant village life. With Stanley in such close proximity to Perth, the Trust is always looking for ways to have the village recognised in its own right and we feel this is an excellent opportunity to achieve this aim.”
Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Miller commented: “Perth & Kinross Council has set out an ambitious legacy programme for 2014 in recognition of the year of Homecoming, and to maximise the opportunities for our area from key events including the Queen’s Baton Relay, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and as host to the first Ryder Cup to be played on Scottish soil for 40 years.
“The Stanley project is a wonderful example of this and lends itself to the key legacy themes of Active, Learning, Community and Economic which have been chosen to reflect the national legacy priorities set out by the Scottish Government. A wide range of projects and events will be delivered across our area during 2014, building a legacy of active, involved communities with thriving economies and improved infrastructure. Communities are being encouraged to join in the celebrations and to ensure we make 2014 a year to remember in Perth and Kinross.”
The fund is still accepting applications. For details on how to apply visit www.pkc.gov.uk/commchallengefund