Duns Rugby Club enjoy £108,000 grant for clubhouse

Duns Rugby Club v Berwick at the New Castle Park'Robert Grigg (Bert)
Duns Rugby Club v Berwick at the New Castle Park'Robert Grigg (Bert)

Duns Rugby Club are to receive £108,000 towards turning a former school gym into a new clubhouse.

The award consists of £50,000 from Scottish Rugby and £58,00 from sportscotland.

Scottish Rugby funding worth over £400,000 is being shared by 14 clubs across the country in the first round of support from the Club Sustainability Fund.

The successful clubs including Duns have also received National Lottery funding from sportscotland to the value of over £600,000 for their projects, which have a combined cost of £3.8million, representing an unprecedented scale of investment in the infrastructure of club rugby in Scotland.

Ian Rankin, President of Scottish Rugby said: “The Club Sustainability Fund enables us to give us a significant, and sustained, boost to club rugby in Scotland. Many clubs are central to their local community and by backing these improvement projects we hope it will encourage more players and more support in the years to come.

“With the 2015 Rugby World Cup on the horizon we are encouraging clubs to open

their doors and engage with their communities to showcase our sport with a long term view they can become the players, volunteers and supporters of the future. Improving facilities will no doubt ensure everyone has a positive experience of rugby.”

Duns Rugby Club bought part of the premises of the old Berwickshire High School, including the gym hall, with the aim of turning it into a clubhouse to complement the club’s new pitches.

The club have also been able to secure a further £150,000 in funding for the project from the Robertson Trust and the Blackhill Windfarm Community Fund,among others.