Council Cash Boost For Perthshire Rugby

Perth & Kinross Council and Perthshire Rugby Club are coming together to encourage more participation and develop the sport locally, after a Service Level Agreement (SLA) was very recently signed by both organisations. The Council will provide a grant of £15,000 a year towards the delivery of a three-year initiative developed by Perthshire Rugby Club and the Education and Children's Services.Perth & Kinross Council and Perthshire Rugby Club are coming together to encourage more participation and develop the sport locally, after a Service Level Agreement (SLA) was very recently signed by both organisations.

The Council will provide a grant of £15,000 a year towards the delivery of a three-year initiative developed by Perthshire Rugby Club and the Education and Children's Services.

The investment underlines the council's recognition of Perthshire's approach to developing rugby and the impact this has had on the number of active children and young people from P4 upwards, as well as the many committed adults playing at the club.

Players' potential will be developed through a progressive set-up of learning, fitness and skills, led by qualified coaches and community development officers.

Neil Carrie, regional development manager for Tayside and Fife, said: "This Service Level Agreement with Perth and Kinross Council is further evidence of how highly regarded Perthshire RFC's community programme is. They are a leading light in community rugby development and many of their programmes are used as examples of good practice.

Scottish Rugby has been in partnership with Perthshire RFC for the employment of their development officer for the past 2 seasons, and this latest milestone allows us all to plan for the ongoing development of rugby across Perth and Kinross for the next 3 years.

My thanks must go to Councillor Ian Miller and Tammy McKinlay (Active Schools Manager) for helping us bring this to fruition over the last 8 months; and a big thank you goes to the club and their development team for their unwavering commitment to rugby development over the past 4 years!"

Council Leader, Councillor Ian Miller, who joined representatives of Perthshire Rugby Club at the North Inch for the signing of the SLA, said: "Rugby is a popular sport nationally in Scotland and locally here in Perth and Kinross. The Council is looking, through the service level agreement with Perthshire Rugby Club, to deliver on its objectives to promote healthy, active lifestyles and encourage greater participation in sports and active recreation."