The minister made the announcment during a visit to open new sports facilities at the Bellshill and Mossend YMCA. The project has received National Lottery funding of £37,000 contributing to a total project cost of £73,756.
'The National Lottery has proved to be a resounding success,with 3.8 billion tickets being sold since it was launched last November.
'This has raised more than £1bn for the five causes, including sport, and a total of 1,220 grant awards totalling some £375m have been made.
'The YMCA is one of 83 different organisations able to utilise lottery funding to improve sporting opportunities in their communities so far, and I look forward to seeing many more awards of this nature.
'It is with this thought in mind that I would urge all sports organisations to consider carefully the exciting opportunities which lottery funding now offers for the development of their own activities.'