Scottish Rugby is proud to work with our charity partners:
The Murrayfield Injured Players' Foundation
Scottish Charity number SC005015
The Murrayfield Centenary Fund was set up in Scottish Rugby’s centenary season 1972-73. The charity's name was amended to The Murrayfield Injured Players' Foundation in late 2015.
The foundation provides assistance to injured Scottish rugby players and is financially and administratively independent. Since its inception, it has assisted a number of players with short or longer-term injuries.
In addition to financial assistance, the foundation also helps with:
- adaptations to players‘ or parents’ homes.
Donations and fundraising
The Murrayfield Injured Players' Foundation is funded through a combination of investment income, donations from clubs, individuals and other organisations and fund-raising.
It is vitally important that the fund continues to grow, so that it can support those who need it most. The trustees welcome all contributions.
You can donate towards the fund online. We are very grateful for your kind assistance.
Should serious injury occur please contact Scottish Rugby's welfare officer [email protected]
What does the fund do?
To find out more about us and how we help those injured whilst playing rugby, call the Administrator, Hugh Pollock 0131 667 7520 (or email [email protected]), email [email protected] or write to us at us at:
Murrayfield Injured Players' Foundation
c/o Scottish Rugby
Ian Rankin: Chairman
Ian Barr: President
Colin Rigby: Vice President
Hazel Swankie: Midlands area trustee
William Gardner: Glasgow North area trustee
Alistair Forsyth: Scottish Borders area trustee
Bob Richmond: North area trustee
Jim O’Neill: Glasgow South Area trustee
Murdo Gillanders: Edinburgh area trustee
Ian Forsyth: Independent trustee
The aim of the trustees is to build up the General Fund, to give assistance wherever appropriate and approved by the Trustees, taking into account the possibility of several large requests for assistance in any one year.
Other relevant people and organisations
Auditors: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX
Bankers: Bank of Scotland Corporate, 1st Floor, New Uberior House, 11 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh EH3 9BN
Solicitors: Anderson Strathern LLP, 1 Rutland Court, Edinburgh EH3 8EY
Stockbrokers: Speirs and Jeffrey, 50 George Square, Glasgow G2 1EH
The Report and Financial Statements are prepared to 31 March annually, and are available on request to the Administrator to any person who wishes a copy.
Structure, governance and management
Governing Document - The then General Committee of the Scottish Rugby Union established the Fund in 1972 by Deed of Trust (registered in the Books of Council and Session on 6 June 1972) and agreed with the then Inland Revenue (now HMRC) (registered from 8 August 1972) that the terms of the Deed enabled the Fund to be regarded as a charitable one. MIPF was registered with OSCR from 23 June 2005.
In effect, this means that donations to the Fund can be made by way of gift aid in respect of which the Fund will be able to recover tax from the Inland Revenue (now HM Revenue and Customs).
The fund is managed by the Trustees of the Fund.
Objects of Fund - The objects of the Fund are wide and include assistance being given to players injured or suffering disablement as a result of playing Rugby Football as well as such other general charitable purposes as the Trustees see fit.
Assistance is given at the discretion of the Trustees
“The support and assistance shown by the Foundation to both myself and my family following my serious injury was invaluable and overwhelming. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Foundation and Scottish Rugby who assisted in my recovery.”
Tonci Buzov, Hillhead/Jordanhill
The Wooden Spoon Society
Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby. From sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds and sports activity areas to respite, medical and community care, the charity fund around 70 projects each year that support disadvantaged and disabled children. Since their founding in 1983, they’ve distributed in excess of £24 million, helping over 1 million young people.
Wooden Spoon Scotland make up one of the 38 regional volunteer groups across UK and Ireland that work tirelessly to raise funds for disabled and disadvantaged young people within their communities.
To read more about how Wooden Spoon has made a difference to the lives of children in Scotland, visit https://woodenspoon.org.
To find out more about Wooden Spoon, call 01252 773720 or email [email protected]
Bill McLaren Foundation
Bill McLaren was known as “The Voice of Rugby” not just because of his distinctive tone and creative phrasing, but because he portrayed our game at its best.
The Charitable Foundation was set up in March 2010 with a launch at Murrayfield Stadium to raise funds to support the development of rugby and its values. It also aims to recognise the contribution Bill McLaren made to rugby through education and the development of an interpretative centre featuring Bill's extensive archive including his big sheets.
The Foundation has been set up in Bill’s name, and with the support of his family. The foundation has three aims:
- To develop and promote the sport of rugby union and its values
- To encourage and provide sporting opportunities for young people
- To create an educative centre which will include the Bill McLaren Archive
The Bill McLaren Foundation is registered in Scotland SC372026 and Scottish Charity No SC041238
Hearts & Balls
Hearts and Balls aims to ensure that those connected with rugby are supported by the wider rugby community in times of need.
This assistance can be long term or short term; it can be financial and non-financial; it can be directed towards and individual or towards a group; it can be advocacy and advisory. Hearts and Balls works to connect people and groups to ensure that help is directed where it is most needed. It lobbies for change in the interests of vulnerable people and groups.
Hearts and Balls was conceived in 1999 when a player from Lismore Rugby Club in Edinburgh suffered a serious spinal injury that left him paralysed. Lismore set up and ran a highly successful appeal which they decide to continue by widening its support to cover players and loved ones impacted by serious injury or illness and Hearts and Balls was created with the aim of 'helping rugby help its own'.
Hearts and Balls has helped numerous players and families impacted by injury, illness or bereavement.
The Hearts and Balls Charitable Trust
Registered in Scotland No.SC240234 Scottish Charity No.SC033927
The Sportsman’s Charity
The Sportsman's Charity was founded in 1983 by David MacLean and John Frame.
The charity works with the corporate sector, and with individuals, to generate and distribute funds to other charities.
The mission of The Sportsman's Charity is to make charity-giving a natural and involving experience. It raises funds for your causes, or helps you to find people doing good work, to make sure that the money you raise is spent effectively.
What does the Sportsman’s Charity do?
The Sportsman’s charity can help you to run a charity event, or can organise one for you, in your company’s name.
It works closely with the Scottish Community Foundation, to distribute funds to your chosen causes.
The fund is self sufficient, but you can get involved in the following ways:
- become a supporter of our fixed costs
- sign up to participate in our events
- get help with an event, or advice on how to organise it yourself
- get help to put together a corporate social responsibility policy
- invite your staff to raise funds for their particular causes
- ascribe us a legacy to assist with our long-term work.
Call John Frame on 07715112784 for more information.
Save the Children Fund
Save the Children were established in London in May 1919. Now, as they celebrate their 100th anniversary, the charity work in 68 countries around the world, protecting children, giving them a healthy start to life and the chance to learn. In 2017, the charity estimate that they helped some 13.3 million children globally. In Scotland, more than a quarter of children live in poverty, and children experiencing poverty in the early years are twice as likely to have difficulties with their early learning and development. Through their programmes and campaigns, Save the Children aim to give every child in Scotland the support they need to fulfil their potential. Scotland internationalists Stuart Hogg and Jade Konkel are sporting ambassadors with Save the Children in Scotland.
My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
Doddie Weir won 61 caps for Scotland during a playing career in which he also represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997, and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.
In June 2017 Weir revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease. From the outset, he has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, as yet, incurable disease.
In November 2017 Doddie and his Trustees launched the registered charity My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, when he delivered the match ball at the Scotland v NZ game at BT Murrayfield.
The Foundation’s aims are:
- To raise funds to aid research into the causes of Motor Neurone Disease and investigate potential cures.
- To make grants to individuals suffering from MND, to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.
Enquiries about Charitable Collections
If you wish to enquire about charitable collections on match days, please contact Edinburgh Council.
Requests for charitable assistance
Scottish Rugby receives many requests for charitable assistance. If you are seeking our support please ensure you provide the following information, which will enable your request to be considered:
- The name of the charity you intend to support
- The date and venue for your fundraising event
- Whether the event/you has/have any connection to Scottish Rugby or a Scottish Rugby club
- A postal address to which any merchandise can be sent
- Your full contact details (including email and phone number/s)
Please send this completed information by email only to [email protected].