Published: 18/02/2016 14:21 - Updated: 18/02/2016 15:23

Funding boost for Highland Rugby Club

The funding will help progress plans for new rugby pitches.
The funding will help progress plans for new rugby pitches.

HIGHLAND Rugby club has received more than £40,000 worth of funding and can now move forward with plans for new pitches and a community club house.

Scottish Rugby has given the club the cash as part of club sustainability funding. It has also received funding from the national lottery.

It is one of 12 clubs in Scotland to receive funding following on from investment last season.

Club chairman Andy Little believes the money will help the club move forward with its long term plans for a revamped pitch and club house at Canal Parks.

"The Canal Parks redevelopment will provide first class facilities for our club and the wider rugby and sporting community in Inverness and surrounding area," he said.

"The award of this funding from the Club Sustainability Fund is welcome as we continue to grow our sport in partnership with Highland Council and Scottish Rugby.”

Highland Council previously gave its backing to the revamped Canal Parks plans in August 2015 which form part of the delivery of the West Link road.

Chair of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Audrey Sinclair believes the funding will help rugby grow even more successful in the Highlands.

"The major enhancement to the pitch, clubhouse and changing facilities will be a valuable asset for the wider community of Inverness and beyond," she said.

"The synthetic pitch will provide an excellent new surface for rugby, with the added bonus of the facility being available for wider community use for sports such as football, shinty, hockey and American football.”

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