Midlothian groups benefit from seized criminal cash

Friday September 23rd 2016

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Arniston Rangers Youth Football and Gorebridge Opportunities Ltd are to receive funding seized from criminals as part of the Scottish Government’s innovative Cashback for Communities scheme.

The scheme will see almost £2 million given to community groups across Scotland to help young people in disadvantaged areas.

Arniston Rangers Youth Football Club receives £104,410 and Gorebridge Opportunities Ltd is awarded £1,484.

Christine Grahame, MPS for Midlothian South, Lauderdale and Tweedale welcomed the news and commenting, Ms Grahame said:

“Cashback for Communities is a unique programme that seizes money from criminals and reinvests it back into communities such as here in Midlothian.

“As well as punishing those who break the law and peddle misery on Scottish society, Cashback offers activities and opportunities at community level to stop disadvantaged young people heading into crime or anti-social activity themselves.

“This funding will support both groups to continue doing great work in the community – a valuable investment in our young people.

“The Scottish Government remains committed to tackling inequality and by keeping young people engaged and active in their communities, we can help them become both confident and responsible individuals.

“Cashback is essential to helping us achieving this goal which is why I am proud to continue to support its valuable work.”

Arniston Rangers Youth Football club are delighted as they are to use the money for the redevelopment of Arniston Park to give local children a top quality 3G training facility.

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