A Scottish rugby club have crowned a successful season on the park with a major redevelopment project funded from the Scottish Governments CashBack for Communities Initiative.
RBS West regional champions Marr completed a revamp of their changing rooms and pitches at Fullarton Park in time for the new season.
Cashback for Communities fund totals £1.25 million which has been used to develop the facilities of 31 Scottish rugby clubs across the nation, Marr being amongst the beneficiaries as they were granted £46,000.
The Cashback for Communities initiative takes the ill-gotten gains of crime and invests them into community programmes, facilities, and activities, focusing on young people at risk of turning crime and anti-social behaviour into a way of life.
The future is bright for the South Ayrshire club after earning promotion into RBS Championship Division A for 2013/14 on the back of an unbeaten season, earning bonus point victories in every game, a record in Scottish rugby.
Head coach Craig Redpath was recognised last year as Scottish rugby's coach of the season for his outstanding work at the club and now Marr seek to build on their progress by investing in its future talent.
Club president Kevin Quinn said: “The development followed two strands. The first was external work and involved reclamation of unused land for mini’s rugby and youth rugby. The second was internal and saw refurbishment of the changing rooms.
“The funding from CashBack allowed us to raise our own funds for the construction of a sorely needed gym. This gave our assistant coach, Paul Burke, who has experience and expertise in strength and conditioning, an environment in which he can apply his knowledge.
“All of this work is aimed at increasing the standards of the facilities with a focus on the age-group squads which make up the future of this club and Scottish rugby”.
Marr’s club coaching team supports delivery of school rugby at Marr College, a Cashback for Communities School of Rugby. The club sees this partnership as key to developing future players and the senior youth side is the also the College’s 1st XV.
Added to the senior club’s success, last season Marr College's first XV won the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Under-18 Plate final at Murrayfield.
Fellow Ayrshire club Kilmarnock have also benefited from the scheme as they were granted £41,640 for the construction of pitch-side floodlighting.
Marr’s culture of continual improvement is never-ending. Long-term plans are in place to redevelop the clubhouse which are 40-years-old, and have long exceeded their intended lifespan and with increasing player numbers, plans to build a third pitch are in place.