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.

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.