A DUMBARTON sports club, which gives people living with physical challenges the chance to play football and socialise, has been given a financial boost from a Scotland-wide community funding programme.

Meadow United has received funding from the Ross and Liddell community bursary scheme – a project that provides support to organisations all over the country. The group encourages people of all ages who live with disabilities and physical challenges to learn about the game and to make lasting friendships in the process.

The team was set up more than 10 years ago by Stephen Diamond after he was involved in a car accident which forced him to rethink the way he played the game.

The funding received from property management company Ross and Liddell (£500) will be used to buy new equipment for players, including bibs and footballs, and will also help club members prepare for forthcoming tournaments.

Stephen, now chair of Meadow United, said: “This is a really positive group and is a big part of the local community in Dumbarton. After my accident, I had to rethink the way I played this sport and I realised that there would be many people who have to readjust in the same way.

“We help people living with a range of physical and mental challenges build on their social skills to ensure they do not become isolated in their own communities.

“As well as learning about the skills and tactics involved in football and promoting a healthy lifestyle, the activities help build confidence and self-esteem.

“The funding is very much appreciated and we cannot thank Ross and Liddell enough.”

Meadow United players train every Monday, Thursday and Saturday afternoon at Dumbarton Meadow Centre.

Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance. Now in its sixth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations all over Scotland that make a vital difference in their community.

Meadow United is one of 33 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.

Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”