A local sea scout group has purchased a new power safety boat, thanks to the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund.

The vehicle will be deployed when the Renfrew Town Sea Scout Group is taking part in all water-based activities and training.

The FlightPath Fund awarded £5,000 to the group, which was the bulk of what was needed to purchase the Humber 5.5-metre assault RIB 70 Yamaha four-stroke outboard.

The vehicle is critical to providing safety cover when the sea scouts are in the water.

The Gazette: Sea Scouts James Graham, Anthony Currie, Austin Darge, Nathanial McColl, Oran MullinSea Scouts James Graham, Anthony Currie, Austin Darge, Nathanial McColl, Oran Mullin (Image: FlightPath Fund)

Group Scout leader Blair Ross said: "The boat is vital to ensuring that we can guarantee the safety of our members whilst they are in the water learning and developing new skills. 

"The previous boat was in need of replacement and the opportunity came up to purchase the new one at a reasonable cost.

"We would like to thank the FlightPath Fund committee, and Councillor Sam Mullin in particular, for helping with the purchase of our new safety boat. 

"Without this funding we would not have been able to purchase a new craft when we did."

Renfrew Town Sea Scout Group offers water-sport activities to approximately 95 children and young adults aged between five and 25 years from Renfrew and the surrounding area.

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Each Friday night during the summer months, they can be found at various water locations but mainly at Lochwinnoch’s Castle Semple Loch, where the group provides activities using its fleet of six dinghies, 12 kayaks, 10 stand-up paddleboards and a safety boat.

More than £130,000 is being made available by the FlightPath Fund this year to support community groups, charities and sustainability-themed projects local to Glasgow Airport. A total of £79,000 has been awarded so far this year to 42 diverse groups.

The Fund's committee is continuing to urge neighbouring groups and organisations to submit applications and is keen to support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in the communities local to the airport.

To find out more about applying for funding support, visit www.glasgowairport.com/community and download the application form and funding guidelines. 

The next meeting of the FlightPath Fund will take place on Friday, September 1 and applications should be submitted no later than three weeks prior to the meeting.