Shetland MSP Tavish Scott today called for a travel fund for island sportspeople which he said was “long overdue.”
Speaking in a Holyrood debate on the Glasgow 2018 Championships to be held in August, Tavish will ask the government to introduce the long awaited Islands Travel Fund to help Shetland’s athletes, swimmers and other competitors to compete on the Scottish mainland. Tavish has made this case on behalf of local sports clubs and individuals to successive Scottish Sports Ministers. He arranged for Shetland Commonwealth swimmer Andrea Strachan to meet the Sports Minister to explain the reality of Shetland travel costs to the government.
“Today’s debate recognises the importance of international sporting competition taking place in Glasgow this summer. I want our best sportspeople to have the opportunity to be part of TeamScotland. The Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 came alive for Shetland because we had three outstanding athletes in Team Scotland – Andrea Strachan, Lynda Flaws and Erraid Davies. They and many like them had the opportunity to compete across Scotland and wider afield which helped their athletic progress. But many young Shetlanders are held back by the financial and time commitment that they and their families must make to further their sporting careers. So a sporting travel fund would help with the cost of travel to competitions.”
“I know that both Sportscotland the Shetland Islands Council support this and today I want the Sports Minister to get on and make this happen.”