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Bowling club given a new lease of life thanks to airport cash

Newbridge Bowling Club has built a new sports pavilion thanks to a £7,000 donation from the operator of Edinburgh Airport.

The club only received the £7,000 cash boost last month and have already built their sports pavilion, just in time for a major inter-counties competition.

As there are no council run facilities in the village, the club – which was founded in 1907 - is the only recreational building and venue for social gathering, and also acts as a community hall for local residents.

The club – a registered charity – currently operates from an ageing porta cabin, and approached Edinburgh Airport to help fund a new pavilion. The facility will also include new changing facilities for the club’s 178 members.

Funding for the project has been provided by the BAA Communities Trust, a charity which supports community projects around BAA’s seven UK airports, including Edinburgh Airport.

Gordon Dewar, managing director of Edinburgh Airport, said: “We are delighted to support a local club that has served the Newbridge area for more than 100 years. The bowling club is an important social lifeline for the village, providing much needed sporting and community facilities for local people.”

The funding boost has arrived at just the right time for the club as it prepares to host the inter-counties league at the new look pavilion. The tournament will be held on 20 June 2009 and will bring together teams from across Edinburgh, Fife and the Borders.

David Greenock, president of Newbridge Bowling Club, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our new pavilion – it looks great. We used to have a porta cabin as a changing room and now we have this brand new pavilion. We would like to thank BAA for their generous donation.  This really is a fantastic boost for the club and for the village as a whole.”