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Club Sustainability Fund boost

Capital rugby clubs win £50k grant awards

Rob Flockhart

Scottish Rugby president Rob Flockhart hopes to see continued development in the sport’s grassroots (pic: SNS Group)


Murrayfield Wanderers and Edinburgh Accies have both been awarded £50,000 from Scottish Rugby in the final round of funding in the latest cycle of its £1.6million Club Sustainability Fund.

The money will go towards significant improvement of playing facilities at both Capital clubs, with Wanderers using the cash to upgrade two pitches while Accies plan to install an active grass hybrid pitch following their successful application.

The funding is part of a new £513,000 investment as Scottish Rugby focuses on the sport’s grassroots throughout the country.

This year’s successful applicants will receive investment towards projects worth a total of £3.9million, which will improve club training and playing facilities.

Following BT’s landmark sponsorship of Scottish Rugby, the governing body created the Club Sustainability Fund to enable clubs to make improvements. Over the course of the four-year programme, 31 rugby clubs have received support from the CSF for capital investment projects totalling £17m which includes over £2.7m from sportscotland.

President of Scottish Rugby, Rob Flockhart, said: “We are delighted to continue supporting clubs across the country again this year with this round of the Club Sustainability Fund.

“Over the course of this funding cycle we have helped improve club facilities for players at all stages of their rugby careers and hope to see that reflected by continued development in the grassroots game.”

The fund assists clubs in developing and improving the infrastructure of Scottish domestic rugby, enabling them to apply in a single process for the Club Sustainability Fund and the sportscotland National Lottery fund, which itself has contributed £358,000 to projects this year.

Lead manager of sportscotland’s sports facilities team, Graham Finnie, said: “At sportscotland we are working with partners like Scottish Rugby to ensure that clubs are part of the fabric of their local communities and are supported to play their part in developing a world-class sporting system right across Scotland.

“The Club Sustainability Fund is designed to help clubs offer a better experience for their members and build capacity to attract new members by investing funding from The National Lottery and BT.  There are some fantastic projects receiving investment.”

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “We’re really pleased to see the impact the Club Sustainability Fund has had at a grassroots level since its launch.

“We know what a difference these grants make to local clubs, their members, players and the communities around them. It’s a privilege to be involved in supporting club rugby in Scotland.”

Other recipients of the maximum £50,000 grant included Waysiders Drumpellier, GHA, Ross Sutherland, Newton Stewart and Kilmarnock. Other grants went to Cartha Queen’s Park (£38,973.34), Greenock Wanderers (£35,505), Stirling County (£47,920), Perthshire (£41,501).

Scottish Rugby will continue to support unsuccessful applications to develop their projects for future investment opportunities.

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