Rugby clubs receive cash boost

Four Borders clubs are set to benefit from Scottish Rugby’s largest ever cash injection to help improve facilities and generate new revenues.

Funding worth more than £400,000 will be shared by 14 clubs across the country in the first round of support from the Club Sustainability Fund, which was created through sponsorship investment by BT.

The successful clubs have also received National Lottery funding from sportscotland for their projects, which have a combined cost of £3.8million.

First-round recipients include Selkirk Rugby Club, which has secured £37,500 towards the cost of an overhaul of its changing facilities to accommodate the growing number of teams representing the club.

“If you are a community club like us and you have to rely on producing your own players, then you need good facilities to keep the young guys motivated and inspired,” said former Selkirk international John Rutherford.

Other Borders clubs to receive a share are Duns, who will receive £50,000 towards a new clubhouse, and Hawick and Kelso, who have both been given £10,000 to fund development officer posts.