Aldi Offers Up to £2500 Funding to Help Local Highland Sports Clubs Thrive

Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund has returned for its sixth year and sports clubs across the Highlands can now apply for a share of £50,000, with one lucky club in with the chance of securing a £2,500 funding boost.

Launched in 2016, Aldi’s Scottish Sport fund is an initiative that aims to help people of all ages and abilities take part in physical activity within their local communities by offering sports clubs the chance to secure essential funding. 

From gymnastics and youth tennis to local sports trusts, Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund is open to any sporting organisation in Scotland.

This year, Aldi’s prizes will again focus on developing grassroots sports, giving local sports clubs the opportunity to receive funding ranging from £500 to £2,500.

Through Aldi’s Scottish Sport Fund, over 458 clubs across Scotland have benefitted from a funding uplift of more than £240,000, helping sports clubs across the country maximise their potential and encouraging more people to engage with physical and sporting activity.

In 2020 the Scottish Sport Fund supported a variety of local sports clubs across including the Grampian Tigers Youth Cycling Club, Upper Deeside Amateur Swimming Club, Multiple Sclerosis Aberdeen Local Group, and Highland Rugby Club.

Richard Holloway, Regional Managing Director for Aldi Scotland, said:

“Since 2016, the Scottish Sport Fund has given the chance for a wide range of sports clubs to benefit from essential funding to help attract new members and invest in much needed equipment and resources.

“The past year has been increasingly challenging for sports clubs across Scotland and has highlighted the important role they play in promoting both physical and mental wellbeing.

“We look forward to welcoming applications from a wide range of local sports clubs and I’d encourage any club based across the Highlands to get involved and take advantage of this excellent funding opportunity.”

Team GB athlete, Katie Archibald, said:

“Local Sports clubs have played a crucial role not only in starting and developing my career but those of all past and present Team GB athletes, and it is often understated the amazing role that sports clubs play in promoting both physical activity and an active lifestyle.

“Aldi’s continued investment in supporting local Scottish sports clubs is admired by all Team GB athletes and those clubs that will benefit from the Scottish Sport Fund are crucial in helping to nurture the next generation of Olympic athletes.”

Sports clubs located across the North East and the Highlands have until Monday 26th April to apply.

Sports clubs can be based in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, The Highlands, and Moray to be eligible to apply for this round of funding.

One applicant will be selected to receive £2,500 of funding, two applicants will each receive £1,000 of funding, while several other applicants will each receive £500 of funding towards their sports club.

Applications will be selected at random to receive each of the funding brackets.

Applications can be made here

The Aldi Scottish Sport Fund is open to any sporting organisation in Scotland that meets the application criteria, from rugby clubs to after school groups and everything in between.

All applications will be considered by the Aldi judging panel and entrants will be notified of the outcome of their funding application within four to six weeks from the region’s deadline.

Please see the Aldi Scottish Sport Fund FAQs and Terms & Conditions for more information.