An Easter Ross golf club, run by volunteers, has been given a helping hand by the Port of Cromarty Firth (PoCF), after severe weather wrecked its equipment storage shed.
A donation of £8,000 from the Port’s Community Sponsorship Programme will help Invergordon Golf Club to replace the building with a new, secure store for buggies and trolleys.
The club is one of a number of organisations and projects to benefit from the latest round of funding from the programme, which aims to safeguard and develop Cromarty Firth communities, for the benefit of local people.
Invergordon Golf Club committee member and former club captain, Jill Sharp said: “On behalf of the club, I would like to thank the Port of Cromarty Firth for their significant contribution towards a much-needed new trolley shed for the club.
“The new shed will ensure that members have a safe place to store their trolleys and will also provide a home for the club’s four buggies, which help to make our course more accessible.
“We are proud to have recently reached 300 members and by improving our facilities where possible, we hope to continue growing over the coming months.”
Founded more than a century ago, Invergordon Golf Club, with an 18-hole course overlooking the Cromarty Firth, is a non-for-profit organisation which offers free memberships to young golfers.
PoCF Chief Executive, Bob Buskie, said: “The Port takes great pride in seeing the fantastic work that our Community Sponsorship Programme enables others to carry out within the community.
“Invergordon Golf Club is run by volunteers who play a leading role in supporting their local community. The club regularly hosts charity events and fundraisers free of charge and actively encourages people of all ages to get involved in sport.”
One per cent of the PoCF’s annual surplus is channelled into the Community Sponsorship Programme.
Community projects, schools or local charities based in one of the nine communities that border the Cromarty Firth are welcome to apply for support.
They can do so by submitting an application form stating the project’s objectives, aspirations and the benefits to the community, along with a letter/email of support from their local Community Council.
Projects must be collaborative and meet one of five eligibility criteria:
- Skills development, employability or job creation
- Vessel crew or passenger support
- Environmental protection or enhancement
- Events or projects which encourage inter-community collaboration
Application forms are available on the Port of Cromarty Firth website or from firstname.lastname@example.org.