Grant to help Alyth’s footballers stay in the game

Alyth’s football club is getting a helping hand from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.  

The independent panel that adjudicates applications to the fund has awarded £2000 to Alyth Amateur Football Club (AAFC) to help cover the substantial extra costs they’re facing as a result of the devastating fire that gutted the pavilion on the Jubilee Park.  As well as destroying a lot of equipment, the fire left AAFC with nowhere to train and play home games.  

Perth & Kinross Council, who own the pavilion, have been so far unable to agree the claim with the insurance company, so AAFC have had to hire pitches and training facilities in Blairgowrie.  This has severely depleted the Club’s funds, and although they are doing as much fund-raising as they can there was a very real question mark over AAFC’s long-term future.

L-r: Jenni Milne, her son Rohan Milne, and David Barclay of AAFC outside the Jubilee Park pavilion which is awaiting refurbishment following last year’s fire

AAFC’s Jenni Milne explained:  “The grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund means that we can keep going on the present basis until at least the end of this season.  This is of great benefit to our players, supporters and the local community of which we are a part.

“The grant will support our own fund-raising efforts until as a club we can return home to the Diamond Jubilee Park in Alyth.  We’re determined to continue being part of Alyth’s community – which has always been so loyal to the Club in the past,” she added.

The Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/.

Boost for fans of Pickleball in Alyth

Fans of Pickleball in Alyth are getting a boost thanks to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.

Strathmore Pickleball, which was set up last year and meets every Thursday evening at the Airlie Street Hall, has been awarded £2000 to buy new equipment and pay for the hire of the Hall for six months.  

Club organiser Nicola Carrie (pictured above) said:  “Pickleball is a fun game to play that everyone can do. It is a very social game where people can meet others and hopefully make new friends. This grant will help us introduce pickleball to more people.

“Being a relatively new game – invented in the 1960s – that a lot of people don’t know about, we’re hoping to get different people to come and try it out, not just people who already play sports,” she added.

Pickleball is a mix of badminton, table tennis and tennis, played on a badminton court with a low net using paddles and a plastic ‘airflow’ ball.  It can be played inside or outside with different balls. The game is the fastest growing sport in America and when it is played in doubles it is a good game for everyone to play, even people with mobility issues.

Nicola said:  “So far we have been borrowing a net and paddles from Tennis Scotland, but new equipment will make us more reliant and better able to accommodate more people.”

As well as its regular weekly sessions, the Club is also running free ‘Come & Try’ sessions in Alyth Primary School hall on Tuesdays from 16 April – contact strathmorepickleballscot@gmail.com for more information, and get all the latest news from the Club’s Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61556617723008

ADT’s Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit funds provided for Alyth by the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm, some five miles north of the town.  Applications to the fund are judged by an independent panel of volunteers drawn from across the community.  Apply at https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/.

Date for your diaries  –  Skatepark consultation event, 17 November, Alyth Town Hall

The volunteers bringing the Skate Park to Alyth would like to invite you to an opening evening consultation on Friday 17 November in the Alyth Town Hall.

With thanks to your feedback earlier this year, the volunteers have worked with PKC to bring you six possible locations to vote on.

The session in the Town Hall will run from 7-9pm and you may enter at any time to review the location options and make your vote.  

During the evening you will be able to see up close the drawings for each site, read feedback from some of the children of Alyth, the target audience of the skate park, and children attending can enjoy the “design-a-skateboard” craft area.

In the first week of November we will share the six locations on the Alyth.Online site so if you are unable to attend and vote at the open evening consultation on 17 November you can register your vote by emailing skatepark@alyth.online.

Alyth skateboarders to get their own park

Skateboarders in Alyth can look forward to an exciting 2023 now that a working group set up by Alyth Development Trust has identified a suitable site for a brand-new skatepark in the town.

The working group has selected the unused site on the banks of the Alyth Burn behind the recycling point on Mill Street and is submitting a planning application to Perth & Kinross Council (PKC) this month.    

At the same time, the working group intends to start consultations with the community of Alyth on the detailed plans, aiming to order equipment and begin preparing the site for installation in the first part of 2023.

Total funding for this first phase is £40k for site preparation and purchase of equipment and installations.  Two thirds of the money is coming from the Scottish Government’s Community Led Local Development Fund and the remainder from Alyth Development Trust’s funding from Temporis Ltd, the operators of the Tullymurdoch Windfarm.

The Mill Street site has been lying derelict and unused for many years, but is thought to be ideal for the proposed skatepark, with plenty of room for a variety of equipment, good access and close to the centre of town.  Currently PKC-owned, the site is to be transferred to community ownership as part of the project.

Photo shows (l-r) Working Group members Grant Train (chair of Alyth Community Council), Laura Rodger (director of ADT) and Angus Gray, on the site of the proposed skatepark.

ADT director and leader of the working group Laura Rodger said:  “Alyth’s young people have wanted a skatepark for a long time, and our Community Action Plan last year reflected this by including it as a priority project.  We believe this site is ideal for a skatepark and we’re excited about securing planning approval and then working with the community, especially Alyth’s young people, on turning the dream into reality next year.”

Angus Gray, an experienced skater on the working group, commented:  “I joined the working group to help bring a skate park to Alyth as it adds something missing and helps encourage people, young and old, to try something new.  It also adds to Alyth’s wheeled sports facilities.  We have the downhill track for ‘off-road’, so why not have a place for more urban sports?”

George Annan of Alyth Youth Partnership said:  “It’s something young people have been asking for for a long time. I am personally delighted that the working group have taken it forward to make it happen.”

New home strips for Alyth Amateurs

Alyth Amateurs Football Club are representing the town in style with new home strips funded by a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.

The Club bought new strips two years ago, but while the away strip tops are still in good condition the home strips were very tired and the numbers were starting to peel off.  The pandemic of the last two years restricted the Club’s fund-raising leaving them short of money.

A grant of £750 from the Community Projects Fund allowed the Club to buy new home strips in time for the 2022/23 football season, so they now look their best at home games in Division 1 of the Perthshire League.  

Jenni Milne of AAFC said: “All our players are from Alyth and surrounding areas and are very proud to part of the community, so to have a kit that was looking old and tatty was not very motivating for them or for their loyal supporters.  The new strips mean they can represent the Alyth community at home games with new pride and determination.”

ADT’s Community Projects Fund distributes the community benefit income donated to the town by Temporis Ltd, operators of the Tullymurdoch Wind Farm just north of Alyth.  Grants are decided by an independent panel of Alyth people. More info here: https://lovealyth.org.uk/projects/alyth-community-projects-fund/

Left to right: Ben Milne, Euan Hodge and Adam Strachan

Chance to shape culture and sport in our area

Perth & Kinross Council are writing new plans to shape the future of culture and sport in the area. To make sure that as many people as possible have their voices heard, they’re holding information workshops across the area throughout September.

They’ll be in Blairgowrie/Rattray on Monday 19th at Rattray Community Connect in the Main Hall from 4pm – 6pm. There’ll have a joint introduction and then split into groups who are interested primarily in sports or in culture to understand what local people enjoy, what they think needs to change and what PKC should be doing more of. The PKC team will then explain their next steps- the strategies will be the blueprints for the next five years.

This is an opportunity to shape the future of your area, so please do share with anybody you think might be interested, it’s an open invite and the more voices PKC hear from, the stronger the strategies will be. Spaces are limited, so please do let PKC know if you’re planning to come along by emailing cld@pkc.gov.uk. There will also be an online survey available.

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