Co-Op donation

Budding footballers in Stonehaven have been given a helping hand thanks to The Co-operative’s Community Fund, which has donated £500 to Elite Football Coaching.

The Community Fund, first established 15 years ago, is created by members of The Co-operative Group who elect to donate all, or part, of their twice-yearly dividend payments directly to the scheme. The funds are then shared with local community projects and groups across the country.

Craig Sutherland, of Elite Football Coaching, said: “We are thrilled with the generous grant we have received from The Co-operative, which will help us buy goals and footballs for our coaching sessions with schoolchildren.”

Community Fund application forms are available online at or by phoning 0844 262 4001.