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New deal until 2023

Contract extension for Scottish Rugby’s Dodson

Mark Dodson

Chief executive Mark Dodson is focused on the future after extending his contract with Scottish Rugby (pic: SNS Group)

Scottish Rugby has extended the contract of chief executive Mark Dodson to 2023.

The new deal reflects the organisation’s satisfaction with performances on and off the field since his arrival in 2011.

Turnover is at record levels (£51.4milion) and debt at an historic low in the professional era, at an average level of £5.2m in 2016/17.

Financial support to Scotland’s grassroots clubs has increased by over 40% over the past seven years, with increased direct funding support and the introduction of the club sustainability fund, where £1.6m is being made available over four years for club sustainability and capital projects.

The game in Scotland has seen a resurgence in recent years at international and professional level. The national team, age grades, sevens and women’s teams have all experienced a sharp upturn in success and competitiveness.

“I was delighted to accept the board’s offer to lead Scottish Rugby through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup,” said Mr Dodson.

“I think we have made good progress in recent years and I am excited by the challenges that remain ahead.

“It was, for me, the right decision to stay on and continue to develop this outstanding organisation. I am fortunate to lead an incredibly talented workforce who are hugely committed to developing rugby at all levels of the game.”

Scottish Rugby chairman Colin Grassie added: “It was important we continue the excellent momentum Scottish Rugby is generating at this time and as a board we felt it was right for Mark to see through the exciting projects we are developing and provide valuable continuity.”

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