Keith Welcomes Drive to Get Kids Active

Keith Brown MSP has welcomed new figures showing that 100% of school children in Clackmannanshire are now receiving the recommended amount of exercise at school.

The SNP Scottish Government is committed to the target that every primary school child gets two hours a week of physical education and secondary school pupils get two periods a week.

In 2010 55 per cent of Scottish primary schools received at least two hours of PE a week compared to just 5% in 2005 – and now that figure stands at 99% across Scotland and 100% here in Clackmannanshire.

Welcoming this Keith Brown said: “Physical education is the best possible way to promote and ensure a level of fitness for young people in Scotland. And it gives our athletes of the future a chance to excel at an early age – so these figures are a credit to our schools and teachers here in Clackmannanshire.

“The continuing rise in the number of schools meeting PE provision – with 99% of primary schools meeting the target of at least two hours for each child – shows that Scotland’s children are becoming more active and Scotland is steadily becoming a healthier nation.

“Today’s figures are a strong sign of the great progress that is being made in Scotland’s schools – only with the SNP can we continue to build on this progress and make Scotland’s education system even better.”

Costa Coffee coming to Alloa

The popular cafe chain Costa Coffee have applied for permission for a change of use of shop premises in High Street Alloa indicating their interest in setting up an outlet in the centre of the town.

Residents cheer on youth football team after sponsorship deal


Residents from Parklands Care Home in Alloa have been cheering on their new favourite footballers – Young Pumas Academy from Cumbernauld.

The care home has signed a sponsorship deal with the team after owners Meallmore Ltd generously bought the team’s new kit.

Rebecca McLaughlin, manager of Parklands Care Home, explained: “We invest a lot of time in getting to know what our residents enjoy doing and plan activities in partnership with our Residents’ Activities Forum.

“A number of the people who live here love football, so when my son’s youth team were looking for sponsorship, we were delighted that Meallmore Ltd offered to help. It fits with the interests of many of our residents and demonstrates the support the company offers to its staff and our families.

“It was great to invite members of the Young Pumas Academy into the home to speak to the residents about training sessions and matches. It led to lots of memories, story sharing and laughs from both the youngsters and their older counterparts. It brought the generations closer together and we hope to do it again soon so our residents can keep up to date with news from the team.”

Ian Burns, who was a resident at Parklands until last month, played for Aberdeen Football Club from 1957 – 1965. He said: “Jinky Johnstone was one of the best players I’ve ever played against but I’m sure some of these youngsters could give him a run for his money.”

Daniel McLaughlin, 8, who plays for Young Pumas Academy, said: “We play in a league and, during the season, we go to matches every week so we’re really proud of our new kit. It was brilliant meeting our new supporters, especially Mr Burns who used to play at Aberdeen Football Club! He certainly knew his stuff and I learned loads.”

Parklands is a purpose-built care home in Alloa which provides nursing care for the elderly and specialist services for people with dementia.

Ross Mitchell live at The Johnstone Arms

Saturday 4th July live at The Johnstone Arms Hotel – ROSS MITCHELL with classic tunes from the likes of Ed Sheeran & Oasis 9pm

Scottish Government investment in next generation of sport stars welcomed

MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Keith Brown, is wishing Andy Murray the best of luck as Wimbledon starts today (Monday) – and has welcomed new research showing Scottish Government investment in grassroots sports to support the next generation of Scottish sport stars.

Figures from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) show that Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund has distributed £10m to 188 projects across Scotland – while the Big Lottery Fund Scotland has given out £6.4m in grants to 4,192 projects to encourage grassroots participation in sport.

Commenting, SNP MSP, Keith Brown said: “Andy Murray’s success has been inspiration for so many aspiring young sportspeople both locally and across Scotland – and I know I speak for people across the country when I wish him the very best of luck at Wimbledon this week.

“The positive example set by people like Andy Murray is a key part of inspiring our young people into sport – but we must also ensure that the infrastructure and opportunity is there for people to get active in our communities.

“That’s why it’s so positive that almost 200 projects across Scotland have benefited from the 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy fund – and more than 4000 projects in communities across the country have received grants from the Big Lottery Fund Scotland.

“This vital Scottish Government support can only encourage more young people to get involved in sport – boosting their health and wellbeing and potentially creating the next generation of Scottish sports stars to follow in the footsteps of icons like Andy Murray.”

QFX Live Stage Show


QFX live stage show & DJ`s Clackmannan Town Hall Saturday 12th September 8pm

Keith encourages Clackmannanshire and Stirling’s social landlords and developers to apply for empty home fund

Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP, Keith Brown, has welcomed a new £4 million fund that will help bring abandoned homes and empty high street spaces back to life.

The Scottish Government’s “Town Centre Empty Fund” will help to revive empty homes and convert unused commercial spaces into new affordable homes.

The funding will be administered by Scottish Empty Homes Partnership and is available to registered social landlords and developers across Clackmannanshire and Stirling, and throughout Scotland.

Since 2010, the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has brought over 900 homes back into use and encouraged 17 of Scotland’s 32 authorities to appoint empty homes officers.

Details on how to apply for funding can be found here: The deadline for applications is 21 August 2015.

SNP MSP Keith Brown said: “I am delighted that the Town Centre Empty Homes Fund has been launched and that will benefit the local area and the rest of Scotland. I would encourage local registered social landlords and developers to apply for funding so that we can begin to see empty homes being filled with those who need them and commercial spaces can be revamped for public use.

“Transforming more unused spaces into comfortable homes will help provide more affordable housing in Scotland. There are currently an estimated 27,000 long-term private empty homes and it makes sense to put these properties to good use to ensure more people have access to high quality, affordable housing.”

Clackmannanshire Active Summer Programme

A programme of activities for children and young people over the school summer holidays .

Slalom Canoeing – Football Camp – Cycling – Music tuition for beginners – Golf – Dancing – Rugby Camp – toddler activities and much more see link for details

159th Famous Alva Games

Picture of the Alva Games

159th Famous Alva Games Saturday 11th July starting 12.30pm
Traditional weight events, highland dancing, cycling, athletics, Funfair and the four hill races Lots to see, great day out for the family

Alloa to Stirling Rail Service to close for essential repairs

Picture of Alloa Train Station

Alloa to Stirling Rail Service will close for essential repairs next July
Buses will replace trains between Stirling and Alloa from Saturday 11th to Sunday 26th July