At the end of March, Eoghann Dover and myself were invited to York Racecourse for the Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities Scheme Awards. This was a national competition run by the housebuilder and our club were lucky to get down to the 30 finalists for the awards.
The Healthy Communities competition went to a public vote where we battled to receive Persimmon Homes’ top prize of £200,000. Overall winners, Heart of England Community Boxing Club, were the winners and will completely redevelop their new premises in Hinckley with the prize money.
Persimmon Homes East Scotland chose our club as its winner after being impressed with the work we do – in particular the our plans to develop a basketball outreach for primary schools in Edinburgh that will build interest and participation amongst boys and girls keen to learn about the sport.
Jim Kirkpatrick, Managing Director at Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “The Healthy Communities scheme has been a great success and we had a brilliant evening at York Racecourse celebrating the fantastic work of these special sporting clubs.
“We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work of those involved within the sporting clubs, who work exceptionally hard to train the next generation of sporting heroes.”
Both Eoghann and myself had a great time at the awards ceremony, and were presented with a cheque for £5000 on the night by the former Scottish Rugby Star, Doddie Weir. The evening ended in the late hours in the company of Persimmon (I think we were the only award winners still present!) and also Doddie.
Our thanks must go to our fundraiser champion in the club, Sally Fowler, who unfortunately couldn’t be present on the night.
A final thanks go to Jim Kirkpatrick, Laura Still (Sales Manager for East Scotland), Nikky Hind and our table sponsors for their kind hospitality on the night and throughout the process. We look forward to continuing the relationship with Persimmon in the future!
Euan McKie (Leadership Chair)