Soccer centre scores new training equipment

Tarbert Soccer Centre coach Donnie Sinclair with sons Jack and Greg.
Tarbert Soccer Centre coach Donnie Sinclair with sons Jack and Greg.

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Tarbert Soccer Centre has netted funding to purchase new kit and equipment thanks to a  fish farming firm.

The financial boost came from the latest round of the Scottish Salmon Company (SSC)’s community fund awards.

Tarbert Soccer Centre offers weekly training sessions for boys and girls in primary and secondary school from Tarbert and the surrounding area.

The children take part in tournaments with neighbouring communities, enhancing their confidence and community spirit while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

Thanks to the donation from SSC, the soccer centre has been able to purchase clothing which will help to enable outdoor training to continue all year round.

The donation has also helped towards purchasing additional training equipment, including new footballs.

As a central part of SSC’s community charter, the community fund offers employees the chance to nominate local businesses, groups and charities that encourage and support health and wellbeing in the local community for a grant of up to £250.

The funding was awarded following a nomination by Donnie Sinclair, committee member and coach at Tarbert Soccer Centre and area manager for SSC at Loch Fyne.

Susan McCrae, secretary at Tarbert Soccer Centre, said: ‘On behalf of the team, we would like to thank the Scottish Salmon Company for its generous donation. The children who attend Tarbert Soccer Centre will benefit greatly from this community fund award.

‘Tarbert Soccer Centre provides an inclusive environment which contributes to children’s physical, mental and social wellbeing. As a community group, led solely by volunteers, this funding is a big help to us.’

Iain MacIntyre, head of production (south) at the SSC, said: ‘The Scottish Salmon Company is committed to supporting the rural communities in which many of our staff live and work.

‘Tarbert Soccer Centre gives children the chance to take part in regular exercise and promotes a real sense of community spirit. We hope our donation will support its further growth and success in the future.’