Bursary award for North Angus Football Schools Association

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North Angus Football Schools Association today (May 22)became a recipient of the coveted ‘Go for it Scotland!’ sports bursary, by Quality Meat Scotland and sportscotland

They are one on twenty inspirational individuals and sports groups to be awarded the bursary.

The sport and healthy activity ‘Go for it Scotland!’ bursary was launched last year by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), in collaboration with sportscotland.

Individuals, groups and clubs of all ages and abilities were invited to apply for the twenty £500 bursaries, which are being awarded annually in the run up to Glasgow 2014.

This year, bursaries have been won by applicants throughout Scotland taking part in activities ranging from Olympic weightlifting and Taekwon Do to track cycling and basketball.

Formed in August 2012, the North Angus Schools Football Association comprises school staff and parent volunteers who share the goal of increasing participation in sport with young people in the local area.

Their bursary will be used to fund coaching of referees and volunteers with the aim of creating an after school football league across Brechin, Kirriemuir and Forfar.

Sarah Bell, teacher at Andover Primary, said: “We are incredibly grateful to be awarded the ‘Go for it Scotland’ bursary. Our ongoing aim is to increase participation in after school sports clubs and events and this funding will help to create a competitive league in our area which will inspire coaches and children to take part.”

Jennifer Robertson, QMS health and education coordinator, and a registered dietician, explained that QMS already undertakes a range of activities to encourage awareness of the importance of good nutrition, a healthy diet and lifestyle including vouchers and cookery demonstrations in schools.

She said: “This is the second year we’ve awarded bursaries and the applications have exceeded expectations with thousands of budding sports men and women going the extra mile.

“We are regularly approached by sports clubs and individuals throughout Scotland seeking sponsorship so this bursary allows us to support them while also highlighting the importance of healthy eating and the nutritional benefits of cooking with and eating red meat as part of a balanced diet.”

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland and a member of the judging panel, said: “We were very impressed at the high standard of applications submitted this year. As the national agency for sport, we are passionate about encouraging people to become involved in sporting activities, so it’s great to see such wide variety of disciplines being practiced and enjoyed across the country.”