Stanley Morrison Trust awards grant to Kelburne Youth Programme

Kelburne Hockey Club have announced exciting news regarding their youth club programme, following the award of a £30,000 grant from the Stanley Morrison Charitable Trust.

Duncan McInnes (right), the club?s Youth Convenor, was approached by Maggie and Tim Morrison following a news article they read in The Herald about players having to fund the costs of their hockey participation. Mr Morrison is the Chairman of the Stanley Morrison Charitable Trust, which was set up around 20 years ago after the family company, Morrison Bowmore Distillers, was sold to Japanese company Suntory. It is a strong backer of local sports development.
 
Following a series of presentations to the trustees, the club was offered the grant from the Trust, which will subsequently fund the club?s youth section and provide financial support to their youth international players.

McInnes was naturally delighted with the news, saying, ?We?re thrilled to receive this funding from the Stanley Morrison Charitable Trust, and I would like to sincerely thank Maggie and Tim Morrison on behalf of the club and its members. This grant will enable us to continue to attract children to our vibrant youth club and increase opportunities for them to get involved in hockey.?

The grant will inject a significant financial boost into the club?s operations and enable Kelburne to continue the excellent work it is doing throughout Renfrewshire, providing affordable opportunities for young children from all social backgrounds to participate in hockey. Parents who are keen for their children to join the club?s youth section will benefit from affordable, low cost contributions to their children?s participation, as the funding will support the costs of providing coaches, supplying kit and equipment, and booking the facilities to host hockey sessions.

As McInnes was keen to outline, ?As a club we recognise the importance of providing opportunities for participation in hockey that are affordable for parents and their children. This ethos was a major driver in the Morrison Trust supporting our work and making hockey available ?for all? throughout Renfrewshire. We?re keen to promote diversity and social inclusion across hockey participation by young children, and this grant will go a long way to supporting this approach.?

McInnes also stressed that progress has already been made to offer opportunities to play hockey. Kelburne and Scotland international William Marshall (right), who combines his hockey commitments with full-time work as a Hockey Development Officer in Renfrewshire, has been working closely with local primary schools to deliver hockey ?taster sessions? and establish after-school clubs. Here, there is an opportunity for pupils to enjoy playing hockey and learn new skills, whilst also being encouraged to join Kelburne?s youth section.

?The intention of the club?s approach is to establish strong links and pathways between local schools and our youth club. This will increase the numbers children joining the club and participating in hockey on a regular basis. Such is the success of our youth club that similar initiatives in the past have resulted in recruiting a number of youngsters who have progressed through the club ranks to achieve District representation and youth international honours.?