Sports council facing further cuts over next two years

The Skye and Lochalsh Sports Council faces a further cut in its funding over the next two years.

Sports council chairman Charlie MacRae said the local authority — in line with their programme of budget savings — were preparing to scrap the current system and replace it with a new “competitive funding process” in 2016-17.

The sports council distributes small grants among a variety of local sports clubs. In recent years the amount of funding available to them has fallen.

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Junior shinty players from Kinlochshiel were among the latest to benefit from sports council funding

Highland Council’s grant for sports councils in 2015-16 is £5,175, but this will be reduced by five per cent to £4,916 in 2016-17. In 2006 the grant was £6,538.

At their meeting in Portree on Monday the sports council handed out small grants to seven organisations — Lochalsh Indoor Bowling Club, Plockton Badminton Club, Kinlochshiel Junior Shinty Club, Skye and Lochalsh Gymnastics Club, Cuillin Wheels Cycle Club, Sleat and Strath FC and Broadford Youth Club.

Cuts totalling £42 million were agreed by Highland Council last December, with warnings of more to follow in the next three years.