Members of the East Kilbride Gymnastics Club are celebrating today after learning that they have won a £5,000 award from the OneFamily Foundation.
The club, which was founded in 1972 and now has over 600 members, was nominated for the award by OneFamily customer, Sarah Darroch, whose 13 year-old daughter Zoe trains with the club.
Sarah said: “We’re thrilled to have won the OneFamily community award – we still can’t believe it. My daughter, Zoe joined the club back in August and has already come such a long way thanks to the support and dedication of the fantastic coaches. Now, because of this additional funding, the training will be better than ever and even more members will benefit.”
The club welcomes members of all ages and abilities; from children as young as 18 months to older members who like to keep active, from those at an introductory level to those who compete internationally.
The club’s organisers aim to use gymnastics to improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of people in the East Kilbride community.
The money from the OneFamily Foundation will be used to purchase new training equipment, including specialist mats and inflatables, which will play an integral part of improving training for gymnasts at all levels.
Sarah said: “This really wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the community. Every vote counted and we really want to thank everyone who got behind us.”
The OneFamily Foundation is a unique customer benefit fund, provided by mutual organisation, OneFamily, which aspires to make £5 million available to its members over the next five years to make their lives and communities better.
James Hale, Customer Engagement Manager at OneFamily said: “We are delighted to award £5,000 to East Kilbride Gymnastics Club. The club brings people of all ages together and has the support of the community, as is evidenced by the number of votes they received during the awards process. We’re absolutely delighted to know that we have played our part in improving the physical and mental health of the local community and local gymnasts, all of whom will be able to enjoy the new facilities for many years to come.”
OneFamily provides investments, savings and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life. As a customer-owned business it is run for the benefit of its customers. The OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits, and aspires to make £5 million available over the next 5 years to customers to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has also helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014, and its funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation.
There are four categories for each Community Award, in order to ensure the Foundation gives a wider range of community projects an equal chance to access the funds. For this round of Community Awards there is one award of £25,000 and four awards of £5,000 available in each category. East Kilbride Gymnastics Club won one of the four awards available in the Sports and Social Groups category.
For further information about the OneFamily Foundation please go to https://foundation.onefamily.com/
For further information please contact the team on [email protected] or telephone 0113 243 1117.
The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our members, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways members can benefit; personal grants or community awards. A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.