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A local Community Sport Hub is appealing for local people to vote in a bid to win nationwide acclaim on BBC One in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

The Stonehaven Community Sport Hub is part of the Scotland-wide network of 142 sport hubs that provide a home for local sport clubs.

The sportscotland Community Sport Hubs are competing against six other projects to be crowned the winner of the Sport category.

The Community Sport Hub initiative is a key component of sportscotland’s contribution to the Scottish Government’s 2014 legacy plan, and provides an exciting and innovative approach to the 
development of sport in local clubs.

Based in local places such as club pavilions, sports centres, and community centres, and with at least 60 per cent in schools, the hubs bring local people together and provide a home for the local clubs and sports organisations. They also provide information, support, and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities.

Since financial year 2010/2011, sportscotland has been investing up to £1.5 million of Lottery funding per annum into developing at least 150 hubs across all 32 of Scotland’s local authorities by 2016.

Andy Watson, Sport Hub Officer said: “Everyone at the Community Sport Hub is so happy that the great work undertaken by volunteers in sport across the local area is being recognised at this level. I hope that people will vote for hubs.”

The Hub focuses on the clubs and other local organisations that want to work together to improve the sport offered in the local community.

Community Sport Hubs have a simple aim – to provide a home for sport.

Stewart Harris, sportscotland’s Chief Executive said: “We are delighted that the success of the Community Sport Hubs initiative has been recognised by reaching the finals of The National Lottery Awards. Hubs like the one in Stonehaven are an excellent example of the positive impact Lottery money has made. Through our partnership with the Scottish Government, local authorities and Scottish sports, we are providing more and better opportunities 
for people of all ages and abilities to take part and progress in sports and physical activities.

“There are many people involved in Community Sport Hubs, including volunteers, coaches, co-ordinators, and participants, and a key factor in their success is that they are driven by the local communities they serve and specifically tailored to meet their needs. They are an integral component of the Glasgow Games legacy and I encourage people in Stonehaven to support the Hubs by voting for them, as it would represent a tremendous reward for everyone involved in the project to receive recognition for their hard work.”

TV star and actor John 
Barrowman will be presenting the National Lottery Awards for the fifth time this 
year. He added: “The exceptionally selfless work carried out by National Lottery Awards finalists never fails to astound me. Their work deserves to be celebrated nationally; the community spirit, social cohesion and compassion.”

To vote for sportscotland Community Sport Hubs, please go to www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards or telephone 0844 836 9694 and follow the campaign on twitter: hashtag #NLAwards #givesportyourvote. Voting runs for five weeks from 9am on Wednesday 24 June until midnight on Wednesday 29 July.