£50,000 cash boost for rugby club

KIRKCALDY;'Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hosting a lunchtime reception at Cluny Clays with SportScotland'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon hosting a lunchtime reception at Cluny Clays with SportScotland'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

KIRKCALDY Rugby has been given a huge cash boost from the Scottish Government’s CashBack for Communities programme.

Kenny MacAskill, Justice Secretary, announced the Beveridge Park club was one of 12 clubs to receive a share of £550,000 from the scheme to help improve training, changing and pitch facilities.

Kirkcaldy has received £50,000 to help upgrade its floodlights and allow the formation of a winter training area.

Mr MacAskill, said: “The excitement surrounding Scottish Rugby is building as our national team prepares to kick off their World Cup campaign within the next two weeks.

“But international success can only be delivered if we have strong foundations on which to build the game, which is why we are committed to helping fund grass roots rugby through our CashBack for Communities programme.

‘‘This latest funding award will help 12 clubs across the country improve their facilities and allow that development to continue.”

Don Burns, president of Kirkcaldy Rugby, told the Press: “It’s really great for the club as it’s been a struggle without lights. We lost the tower last year because of the bad weather and we had no choice but to put them out of commission for safety reasons.

“With this money we’ll be able to get the lights for the park and we’ll be able to use bigger areas of the park.

“We’ll need to look at the tenders and how we’re going to do it, as the £50,000 is not enough for the whole project, so we’ll be looking to bridge the gap.”

David Torrance, Kirkcaldy MSP, welcomed the award, adding: “It is great criminal proceedings are being given back to communities to help facilities like Kirkcaldy Rugby. The lighting will allow more teams to train.’’