CashBack for Communities fund plays key role in capital rugby development

An RBS Premiership Club in Scotland’s capital have completed a CashBack for Communities facilities project at their clubhouse in the name of grassroots rugby.

Ian Rankin opens Currie's changing facilitiesCurrie Rugby Club, based on the outskirts of Edinburgh in Balerno, have refurbished their changing facilities and made improvements to their pitches at Malleny Park, bringing them back up to a suitable standard that meets the demand of their ever-growing youth section.

Scottish Rugby vice-president, Ian Rankin and sportscotland’s project manager, Steven Anderson on Saturday 21 October, reopened the changing rooms along with Currie President, John Muir.

Muir said: “Ian [Rankin] asked me how you officially open changing rooms, so I just said you open the door!”

“This project is all about the grassroots game and responding to the numbers we have at Malleny Park. We’re bursting at the seams with players from primary one all the way up to under-16 level.

“We know if we can provide the best facilities for them then we can build towards establishing a successful colts team again and then in time hopefully have more Scotland players and Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors players coming out of Currie.

“We’re thankful to the many volunteers at the club that made this project possible and the partners that provided funds for us. The total cost came in at almost £140,000, with cash being awarded by CashBack for Communities (£25,000) and club members, for the changing rooms and sportscotland (£50,000), Edinburgh City Council (£25,000) and club members for the pitches.

“We do really hope more and more children will come and play at Malleny from within the community.”

Scottish Rugby’s partnership projects manager, Neil Carrie, said: “The CashBack for Communities rugby facilities fund was introduced to help clubs that are proactively trying to grow the game throughout Scotland.

“Great credit goes to Currie Rugby Club who have been extremely active in growing the game at the grassroots level and it’s fantastic to see them reinstate these changing facilities so that more children can play rugby.”