Scottish Rugby have confirmed a funding package of £6.5 million to support community clubs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The package, split into two lump sums, will allow Scottish clubs to return to rugby in a sustainable way.
“This is a massive boost to clubs across the country,” said Scottish Rugby Chairman, John Jeffery. “We are delighted to be in a position to fund programmes and activities designed to stimulate the game in Scotland following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on club activity and finances.”
£1.5 million will be earmarked for the club recovery needs with immediate effect, this will ensure a sustainable return to rugby for many clubs across the country. The other £5 million will be used with an aim of growing the game both financially and in terms of participation numbers across the next five years (£1million per year)
Scottish rugby has also announced three extra funding streams above the usual amount provided to clubs:
-Club recovery fund, 500k, available May 2021
-Return to Rugby fund, £1 million, available May 2021
-Growth and participation fund, £1 million, available January 2022
Ian Barr, Scottish Rugby President, said: “The comprehensive funding package has been designed to not only meet the existing needs of clubs as we look to resume after the pandemic, but to also have a lasting impact on growth and participation in the community game in Scotland.”
Both Barr and Jeffery thanked the Scottish Government for their funding package and said they will be working with the authorities to distribute the funding within the correct guidelines.