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“As a charity we plan lots of social activities for our kids in addition to weekly football” said Jamie Kinnear, Club Treasurer. “We have already used the new minibus to take all our girls teams to the Scotland v Sweden game at Fir Park and we are taking all our Fun Fours teams to Blair Drummond Safari Park in a few weeks. The additional transport for the kids for families without transport makes us fully inclusive for all the kids at the club.”
Jamie added “As a community club with 350 kids we really benefit from this new minibus. We already have a minibus but this is now 12 years old and at the later stages of its lifespan. A new addition to the club enables us to allocate one minibus to our 11aSide teams and one minibus to our 4,5 and 7aSide teams.”
As a registered Charity the club were eligible to apply for funding from a local trust fund called ‘The Muirdean Enviromental Trust’.
“This is a fund that was set up by ATH Resources in Crossgates in Fife some years ago for the benefit of local communities affected by the open cast coal mine and the coal lorries using local roads” said Jamie. “As Treasurer I applied for funding for a new minibus late in 2013 and this was granted up to £15,000.”
Not only is the club benefiting from the new minibus, but from the charity status itself. Jamie added “The committee, coaches and parents love then fact that we now have two minibuses and we are now really seeing the fruits of being a registered charity. As a club we are growing from strength to strength and all our kids "big and small" love a wee trip to their big game in the Swifts Minibus.”
Jamie concluded by saying “The club would like to thank The Muirdean Trust for providing the funding for our new minibus and a special mention goes to Robert Arnott, Chris Cunningham and their committee for their support.”