The memory of former Falkirk Football Club chairman Campbell Christie is to be honoured by establishing a ‘good cause’ fund in his name.
The Campbell Christie Fund launched by the Falkirk Football Community Foundation will provide grants to allow disadvantaged children and young adults to pursue their interest in sport.
It is an excellent way to acknowledge the contribution Campbell made to the football as chairman and supporterDavid Craig
Local businesses have already pledged funds and the foundation’s board of trustees headed by former Falkirk Independent MSP Dennis Canavan, will commit a percentage of its annual surplus to the cause.
A committee has been formed to administer the fund and the first applications for financial support from individuals and voluntary groups are expected to start being considered before the end of the year.
The fund has the full support of Mr Christie’s wife, Betty, and their son Douglas who attended its official launch at Falkirk stadium last Saturday.
David Craig, chief executive of the foundation, said: “We agree it is an excellent way to acknowledge the contribution Campbell made to the football club as chairman and supporter.
“As a registered charity we are already active in the community working with our partners Falkirk Council and the Department for Work and Pensions to provide support for teenagers and young adults into further education and training programmes which can lead to employment.
“The Campbell Christie Fund will now allow us to provide grants to increase their participation in sports and physical activity. The funding committee will consider each application on its merits and it will be at their discretion as to how much is awarded, but it will be designed to cover the cost of equipment, entry to sports facilities and possibly even travel costs.
“As well as the support of the business community and our pledge to re-invest part of our surplus, fund raisers are also planned.”