WINDFALLS are few and far between at local sports clubs, but Hawick RFC is feeling bright and breezy this week, thanks to a national developer.
The Manfield Park outfit is to receive a £10,000 donation – which will help renovate the club’s dated changing rooms – from Banks Renewables, who are in the process of submitting a scoping report for a wind farm at Birneyknowe, between Hawick and Denholm.
Dr Charlie Oliver, sponsorship convenor on the committee of Hawick Rugby Football Club, said: “We’re thrilled to have received the sponsorship from Banks Renewables.
“We really appreciate their support.
“Especially since they’re new to the community, it was a welcome surprise that they’d take such an interest in the local club.
“Their generosity will allow us to improve the facilities at the club so that we can make it more accessible to the minis section and other juvenile players in the town.”
The donation from the Hamilton-based company will allow for the Greens to totally refurbish their existing changing area, as well as create an additional extension, creating separate showering and toilet facilities for male and female members.
As part of its development with care approach, the developer identifies local community groups and voluntary organisations that it can support, in the vicinity of its renewable energy developments.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “We hope that our sponsorship makes a difference to the club, and we hope to see them do well next year.”
Banks Renewables is part of the Banks Group (www.banksgroup.co.uk), a family firm founded in 1976, which employs 380 people in the renewable energy, property and mining sectors.