Duns Rugby Club marked the opening of their new ground, Castle Park, which is located at the old Berwickshire High School with a league win against Hawick Harlequins, 36-10, in the BT East Regional League Division 1, during the opeining weekend of the season.
The pitch is part of a wider development plan, supported by sportscotland and the Scottish Government CashBack for Communities initiative, that will also see the clubhouse move from the town centre to the old High School and that will bring all their facilities into the one place for the first time.
Saturday (30 August), also doubled up as the club’s RBS RugbyForce day and was supported by Edinburgh Rugby players Chris Dean and Brett Thompson. Prior to kick-off a barbeque was laid on and there were activities for all the family, including a bouncy castle, gladiator dual and touch rugby games.
Club development officer, Robert Grigg, said: “Saturday’s opening went really well and the turnout from local community was great. We hope going forward the club will have benefits for everyone in Duns, not just members.
We’re going through some big changes. The clubhouse has been sold as part of the regeneration project and the new facilities will find a home in part of the Old High School buildings alongside the new playing and training pitches already laid.
“The regeneration project is well underway and excitement is building at Castle Park where there has been a great deal of effort, hard work and time spent getting everything ready for the new season.
“Many thanks go to everyone who has given up time freely for the benefit of the club. Great thanks also go to sportscotland and the Scottish Government for their pitch funding.”
If you live in the Duns area and are keen to be involved in rugby please contact the club development officer Robert Grigg, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.