Moray Community Sports Hubs
Elgin Cooper Park – Parkrun Launch
On Saturday the 5th of March Elgin’s first ever ‘Parkrun’ took place at Elgin’s Cooper Park. It had an incredible turn out with 164 people attending, including a ‘Parkrun Tourist’ from Stockport who was doing his 305th Parkrun.
It is a weekly 5k timed run, you against the clock, every Saturday at 9.30am at the Cooper Park. It is partly funded by the Elgin Community Sports Hub but needs more volunteers to help out. Do not hesitate if you want to come along and get involved either as a runner or a volunteer. For more info please follow the link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/elgin/
Community Sports Hubs Developments
With the newly established CSH in Buckie, there are now 5 Community Sports Hubs operational in Moray- Elgin, Forres, Lossiemouth, Hopeman and Buckie.
The Elgin Hub has become a constituted group, the Forres Hub has applied to OSCR to become a SCIO (Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organization), the Hopeman Hub is a subgroup of the Hopeman Community Association, Lossiemouth Hub is a subgroup of Lossiemouth Community Development Trust and finally the Buckie Hub has a newly established constitution consisting of local football clubs at the moment, but the group is keen to engage with other local sports clubs as well in the future. Learn more about Community Sports Hubs in Moray on the website www.sportinmoray.co.uk. If you know a club that would be interested in getting involved contact Morayhubs@sportinmoray.co.uk.
Forres Sports Relief – Running the Extra Mile
A total of 208 people turned out on Sunday the 20th March for the Sainsbury’s Sports Relief Mile in Forres, which encouraged participants to either walk or run a one, three, or six mile route around Grant Park. The day was a massive success with friends and families joining together to go the extra mile for Sports Relief.
The event was organised by Forres Soccer 7’s and the Forres Harriers, both of which are members of the Forres Community Sports Hub and the Moray CSHs were represented by Elgin Youth Café, Moravian Orienteers and Forres St Lawrence Cricket Club. Our Young Hub Leader Ruairidh kept children entertained with inflatable goals with the chance to win pieces of fruit or to make (pedal) their own smoothie on Elgin Youth Café’s ‘Smoothie Bikes’, whilst Moravian Orienteers and Forres St Lawrence Cricket Club were running taster sessions as an alternative to the run.
Sport in Moray
New Outdoor Learning and Adventure Hub
Outfit Moray has recently had great news for extending their current operations. With funding from Legacy 2014 they have commissioned a feasibility study into expanding their activities to a new base at Milltown Airfield. The ex-MOD airfield, located to the south east of Lossiemouth, has recently been returned to the original owners (Innes Estate) who have gifted it to Outfit Moray to create an Outdoor Learning and Adventure Hub. To read more about this see www.outfitmoray.com/community-outdoor-learning-and-adventure-hub-at-milltown-airfield
Berry Burn Community Windfarm Fund
Moravian and Inverness Orienteering Clubs are celebrating after receiving funding from Berry Burn Community Windfarm Fund giving the green light for an exciting event next month that is set to attract young participants from throughout Moray and the Highlands.
The Moray & Highland Junior Orienteering Championships is due to be staged at Roseisle Forest on Sunday 17th April. It is a novice-level event aimed at young people who have discovered orienteering at school, or at one of the many events put on at weekends across the North by both clubs.
There will be courses for various children’s ages as well as adult runners and with Roseisle’s reputation as one of Scotland’s best orienteering forests it is bound to attract orienteers from far and wide.
More details on orienteering can be found at www.moravianorienteering.org
Forres Harriers have also received funding from Berry Burn and other clubs may be eligible if in the catchment area east of Elgin but not in Elgin itself. More information on this can be found at www.berryburncommunityfund.co.uk