40 x 40 x 40 UPDATE - THANK YOU
WE ASKED FOR YOUR HELP - AND WE GOT IT IN ABUNDANCE!!!
On Sunday 17th May we held the long awaited 40x40x40 event to raise funds for our planned pitch redevelopment works. The total time for the 40 laps was 86 minutes 47 seconds and all winners can be found on the social page. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped in making our Fun Day on Sunday a success, despite the weather trying it's best to disrupt things! We are so proud to be part of a club that has such a community spirit within it. The total amount raised has still to be confirmed but the initial count has us breaking the £6000 mark!!
Our thank you list is long, and apologies if we have missed someone out, but we are very grateful to:
And finally, thank you to everyone who came along to support us on what was an extremely dreich day. We hope you enjoyed the entire club getting together as much as we did!
Story date: 20/05/2015
Pitch perfect funding award for Biggar RFC
Biggar RFC is delighted to announce that funding of almost £400,000 has been secured to transform the club’s training and playing facilities.
The investment – which is made up of £38,043 from Scottish Rugby’s Club Sustainability Fund, £110,000 from sportscotland and £250,000 from the Clyde Valley Windfarm Fund – will be used to reconfigure the club’s third pitch, as well as create a fourth pitch and an extensive new training area.
As the club gets set to celebrate its 40th birthday, it comes as a welcome boost that the Hartree Mill ground will now undergo such significant development. The improvement works will benefit both the club and the local community, with other sports clubs such as Biggar FC and the satellite branch of Law and District Athletics poised to use the increased space and enhanced surface.
Since the club purchased the Hartree Mill ground 35 years ago, there have already been substantial changes. However, with over 200 players now regularly using the playing and training areas every week it has led to the existing grass areas becoming worn, but the addition of the new facilities will address this issue. As well as the additional pitch areas, the investment will allow large parts of the facilities to be floodlit, which will provide ample space for the club’s thriving micro, mini, midi, youth and senior sections.
Commenting on the investment, Peter McDonald, Biggar RFC President, said: “This is a quite fantastic and hugely exciting project, and we are looking forward to hopefully getting started on it in June. “The funding has come following painstaking work by the committee to present the best value for money solution to develop the playing and training facilities at the club. “All of the funders have come up trumps as they have recognised the ambition of the club in providing much-needed facilities for the use of the whole community. “We wish to publicly record our very grateful thanks to all those within the SRU, sportscotland, the Clyde Valley Windfarm and South Lanarkshire Council, which administers the Windfarm fund, for their foresight in making these vital funding awards. “Their vision has mirrored that of the club’s founding fathers who were instrumental in the club’s formation way back in 1975. “The club’s progress has been constant in the past 40 years and this latest venture will be a sporting legacy for those who follow in the next 40 years. “With a number of recent on the pitch success stories at the club, this funding certainly means that there is no doubt that the future looks bright for all involved with Biggar RFC.”
Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, added: “We are building a world class sporting system for everyone in Scotland and this investment in rugby is a key part of this. By improving the infrastructure of rugby across the country it will provide more and better opportunities for people to take part in sport and by generating new revenues, clubs will be better placed to develop and meet their ambitions.” In addition to the investment secured, the club must also contribute £40,000 towards the project from their own coffers.
With £22,000 already raised by fundraising throughout this season, the committee and membership still have a number of events planned for the summer to ensure the target is hit.
This was added to with our 40x40x40 challenge event which was a great success and was supported by the whole club, see the club gallery for photos from the day and full report to follow
This announcement has come at a wonderful time for the club, as it celebrates several high profile successes, including:
• The 2nd XV competed tirelessly to gain 2nd place in Edinburgh Reserve League 1.
• The Colts were runners-up in the Edinburgh League
• The U-15 Girls side were crowned Scottish Champions (4 years after an identical triumph in the same competition)
• The U-16 Boys were crowned Edinburgh District Champions and also National Bowl winners
• The U-15 Boys were Edinburgh District Plate winners
• The U-18 Girls reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and won the U-18 Scotstoun Sevens
• The Hypers Academy was formed in December 2014 to provide over 20 youngsters with four additional skills and strength and conditioning sessions per week
• U-16 players Andrew Jardine and Peter Steele were selected to represent Glasgow U-16, while Peter was selected to represent Scotland U-16s in the Wellington Festival
• U-18 players William Greive, Ross Jackson, Andrew Orr and Gregor Stewart trained with Glasgow U-18, with Andrew and Ross both coming off the bench twice to play in the District matches.
• A Ladies squad has begun training, with the aim to get a squad together for the forthcoming season.
Story date: 18/05/2015
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