The Gladiator programme has received investment of £235,000 from Resilient Scotland to create a new children’s soft play area in Easterhouse – The Fun Factory.
The Gladiator programme has a history of delivering children’s play and sport services across the east end of Glasgow, with the aim of diverting young people away from gang or drug related behaviour providing them with opportunities and tools to improve their confidence and the skills to make better life choices.
The investment from Resilient Scotland will contribute to the installation and running of a new soft play centre close to the Fort Retail Park. The new play centre will not only benefit the local community but also provide a service to visitors to the retail centre.
Harry Cooper, Chair, The Gladiator Programme said “This investment from Resilient Scotland will enable our charity to realise it’s long held dream of achieving financial sustainability through owning and operating a children’s soft play centre in Central Easterhouse from which the profits earned will be re invested in helping us fund our children’s and youth diversionary and sports development programmes.”
Chris Holloway, Head of Resilient Scotland added, “The Gladiator programme has been part of the East End since 1986, promoting positive play and physical activities and young people. The investment from Resilient Scotland will provide them with the necessary capital to expand their service, create new jobs, and generate funds, putting them on a more sustainable footing.”
Resilient Scotland enables community organisations to contribute to the sustainable regeneration of areas affected by long term economic decline, improving the lives of local people. We provide new sources of capital delivered through models of social investment; enabling community organisations to become more enterprising and sustainable and have a meaningful impact on the regeneration of their area over the long-term.