CAAC has been awarded £17,000 of National Lottery cash over the next four years thanks to sportscotland’s Direct Club Investment funding programme.
CAAC will use the funding to employ a ‘Club Together Officer’ who will help improve our policies and procedures. This will help build sustainability in coaches, membership and partnerships. The role will also support underrepresented groups being integrated into our coaching sessions.
David Arnott our club chair said in reacting to the good news: “In recent years the club has grown significantly as has the success we have achieved in all areas of athletics. Our youth and female athlete numbers have grown considerably and we are now achieving regular success at National and District level in addition to the the satisfaction of many personal goals.
“In order to continue that progression we are delighted to have secured significant funding from sportscotland towards the cost of the club’s first Club Together Officer. The post will be advertised this week seeking applications from those interested. Our Club Together Officer will be employed for 15 hours per week and will allow the club to fulfil a number of important objectives including reviewing our legal status and governance procedures, increasing coach, volunteer and athlete numbers, creating a clear coaching pathway, enhancing links with local schools/sports hubs/councils, and expanding athletics participation throughout Edinburgh”.
Direct Club Investment is a key component of sportscotland’s commitment towards club development. The programme prioritises engaging the inactive and underrepresented, including girls and young women, people with a disability and people living in Scotland’s most disadvantaged communities.
Chair of sportscotland, Mel Young, said: “We are committed to helping change lives in local communities and helping people get the very best out of Scotland’s world-class sporting system.
“Direct Club Investment is central to this, but we can only make change with the support of the many dedicated coaches, officials and volunteers who make sport happen right across the country.
“Nowhere is this more evident than in the work of the clubs that are receiving funds as part of the latest round of DCI. They are helping create opportunities for people participate at a grassroots level.”
Please visit sportscotland.org.uk/clubs/direct-club-investment for more information on DCI.