The Western Isles Development Trust (WIDT) has agreed to work with local sports councils
to distribute the £60,000 fund donated by Transocean following the oil rig incident
near Dalbeg, Lewis last year.
The 33-year-old structure was seriously damaged when it crashed into the shore at
Dalmore on the west coast of Lewis on 8 August. The rig was later removed to a scrap
yard in Turkey.
The fund will be used to help young people and others in education who apply for
support to allow them to access and participate in sporting events where the financial
consequences of participating in such events may otherwise prove to be a deterrent.
£15,000 is to be transferred to the Lewis and Harris Sports Council while £5,000
goes to the Uist and Barra Sports Council each year for two years. Then they will
receive a total of £7,500 - split in the same proportions - each year for the following
The sports councils are responsible for inviting and processing applications for
funding under their own terms and conditions.
The use of the fund will be kept under review by the WIDT which will decide at a
later date whether the balance of the fund should also be distributed in the same
Angus Campbell, chairman of the WIDT, said: “The Comhairle discussed community benefit
with Transocean and the company wanted to pay tribute to the communities of the Western
Isles and we felt that there should be a fund for young people across the islands.
“Often youth groups struggle to raise funds for attending mainland sporting events
and this will provide an opportunity to bid for money for that purpose.”