Champion rower Lewis McCue urges people to make most of £70,000 sport funding for Aberdeen

A champion rower is urging people to make the most of a £70,000 funding pot aimed at supporting community sport.

Lewis McCue, a former Robert Gordon University student who has represented Great Britain at the World Rowing Championship, attended an event to discuss the scheme, along with the Active Aberdeen Partnership (AAP) and volunteers from the Street Tennis Programme.

The launch of the AAP’s Community Grants Scheme marks its commitment to making Aberdeen the most active city in Scotland by 2020.

Previous alumni of the scheme have included gymnast Orianne Slater, Aberdeen Amateur Athletics Club and the Denis Law Legacy Trust.

AAP chairperson Tony Dawson said: “The next deadline is today and then were will be a further four deadlines to apply for throughout 2017.

“Whether you are a coach or a volunteer, an athlete or a community sports group, the Community Sports scheme is an opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact on the social wellbeing on people in Aberdeen.”

Lewis McCue added: “The AAP grants have been vital in allowing me, with financial support, to train and compete at the level I did.

“Coming from a working family in Aberdeen, rowing was an expensive sport and through support from AAP I was able to compete at five world championships and represent my country.”