Make your votes count for footballers

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A Carnoustie sports club is appealing to the public to cast a different kind of vote this week and help them secure funding for vital facilities.

Carnoustie Panmure FC (SCIO) is hoping to get the ball rolling on their campaign to improve sports facilities in the town and are taking part in the Aviva Community Fund project.

The club will compete against other groups and organisations for a share of Aviva’s funding pot and have applied for a grant of up to £25,000. All they need for you to do is vote for them, at the time of going to press they had over 800 votes, but as many as possible are needed.

In their funding appeal the club stated: “We are working to upgrade our current out of date sand based surface to a state of the art synthetic surface. The current surface is not conducive to developing players and is underused by the community due to its condition. The funds would go towards purchasing new goals for the pitch and help towards the cost of the upgrade.

“We are working hard in the community to give more opportunities for our players and all the community aged five in our Academy to 50 plus with walking football.

“We have a dedicated group of volunteers that coach and raise funds while having their own full time jobs.”

Voting opened on Friday (May 1) and will remain open until May 30 and is open to anyone living in the UK and registered to the Aviva Community Fund website which is easy to do.

Each voter gets 10 votes, to use either on one project or spread them over several. To cast your votes visit http://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/299/

Chair of Carnoustie Panmure FC (SCIO) Phil Hope added: “We have a real need to enhance the sports facilities in the town to bring them up to standard.

“We were unfortunate to get a knock back from Sportscotland but we’re bouncing back with new funding opportunities. We’re looking for the community to help us by voting for Carnoustie to improve our chances of success.

“If anyone can help us please ‘phone me on 07510662616.”