Pulses are up in Taynuilt (and our first SCIO)

Taynuilt Pavilion sketchPulses are rising in Taynuilt where volunteers of the dedicated and hard working Taynuilt Sports Council (TSC) are finally about to see the site start for the build of their new sports pavilion. For a small village 12 miles outside Oban, Taynuilt punches above its weight when it comes to sport. Thanks to the work of enthusiastic volunteers, the village can offer shinty, football, tennis, badminton, golf and outdoor adventure to residents and visitors alike. But, with aspirations to extend their range of sporting activities, introduce sports coaching, welcome more people to sport and be better hosts for visiting teams, the local sports council  felt that the time had come to provide up to date changing facilities, a meeting room, a catering kitchen and a car park that didn’t close due to mud!

Once plans were drawn up and planning permission secured, with CLS support TSC secured funding from Argyll and the Islands LEADER, sportscotland, Argyll and Bute Council and Taynuilt Community Council, boosted by their own funds and contributions gratefully received from local businesses; a total funding package of just over £378,200, excluding recoverable VAT. Following a tender process, CLS were appointed to project manage the drawdown of these funds and we have spent the last few months ensuring compliance and cash flow prior to the contract being let. This has included encouraging the group to achieve charitable and incorporated status by becoming a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organization (SCIO) – a recent simplification of the charitable governance and the first SCIO we have helped set up.

The project went to site the week commencing July 1st 2013 but the programme is tight with LEADER requiring the building to be complete and all funding drawn down by the end of December this year and so it is not just parents of holidaying school children who are hoping for a rain free next few weeks! If all goes to plan, Taynuilt will have a brand new, quality sports pavilion by the start of 2014. Good luck to all involved!

This is not all that’s going on in Taynuilt – see also our article about happenings down at the pier!

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