Politicians back rugby club plans for Duffus sports hub

MSP Liz Smith with Howe president Bill Robertson (centre) and Hew Bell, Tory election candidate.
MSP Liz Smith with Howe president Bill Robertson (centre) and Hew Bell, Tory election candidate.

Support for the Howe of Fife’s plans to upgrade its rugby facilities at Duffus Park, Cupar, has been voiced by local Conservatives.

The present stand - which is due to be developed into a new sports hub - and ground were visited recently by MSP Liz Smith and Westminster candidate Huw Bell.

They met Howe rugby club president Bill Robertson, along with Maureen Burgess of Fife Voluntary Action.

Ms Smith, the Scottish Conservative’s spokeswoman for culture, sports and young people, said it was great to be back at the club to see their exciting plans.

“The development has already raised around 75 per cent of the funds needed and, following a £350,000 grant from Sportscotland, now just needs one final heave to secure the final funds.

“I know that the community sports hub will provide a first class local facility and help to develop the sport locally and nationally.”

Mr Bell said the 1st XV had been putting in a great deal of effort on the pitch and it was certainly being matched off the field.

“I have attended home games and seen at first hand what the facilities are like at present.

“With the squad poised to earn promotion and recently pushing one of the top teams in Scotland hard in the BT Cup, it certainly is time to modernise their home.

“The plans for the facilities that are needed are rightly ambitious and appropriate and will really enhance this part of the town.”

Mr Bell added that, as the club was a “real hub” for people of all ages from across north east Fife, the project would benefit many.

“The first major funding milestone is in sight. I urge the whole community to continue to back the project.”

Mr Robertson said the club was thriving “at all levels,” both on and off the field and desperately needed the new facility to house the growing number of players, of all age groups and genders.