A CLACKS golf club received a four-figure grant from the National Lottery and plans to put the money towards improving the practice facilities for all members.

Braehead GC has received £4,950 thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund in partnership with sportscotland.

The funding comes from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland which administers small National Lottery grants between £300 and £10,000.

Derek Doyle, Braehead GC captain, explained that the funding was based on the club's successful junior coaching sessions through the winter months.

He said: "Right through January and February, our PGA professional Ron Tickle, myself and Lynn Parsler, the junior convener, offered junior coaching sessions right through the winter to allow the young ones to get out the house and see their pals.

"Even though it was freezing and wet, they just loved getting away from the house."

Derek explained how the money from the grant will be used to improve the practice facilities, not only for the juniors but for all the members at the club.

The club are also planning to visit local primary schools and offer coaching sessions to the kids, and part of the money will also go towards buying equipment for the juniors at the club.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: "This is extremely welcome news for sport in Scotland at a time where there are plenty of challenges across the sporting sector.

"This investment from The National Lottery will make a huge difference to clubs and communities across the country. The grants will help contribute to sportscotland's vision of an active Scotland where everyone benefits from sport."

"This support for sport and communities would not be possible without National Lottery players. I'd like to thank them for their contributions which are playing a critical role in supporting people, projects and communities during these challenging times."

Kate Still, of the National Lottery Community Fund, added: "Charities and community groups across Scotland have played an incredible role in rising to the challenges of Covid-19.

"It's great to see that a wide range of projects across the length and breadth of Scotland benefitting from this package of grants.

"Thanks to National Lottery players, this funding will breathe life back into local communities, allowing essential community projects to adapt and rebuild with local people at their heart."

Visit braeheadgolfclub.com/junior for more information on the opportunities available for young golfers at the club.