Foundations laid for Reds’ new building

Linlithgow Rugby Club's new training facility will be build adjacent to the existing clubhouse.
Linlithgow Rugby Club's new training facility will be build adjacent to the existing clubhouse.
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Linlithgow Rugby Club has approved a funding package for its new indoor training facility that has been years in the planning.

The club tendered for the facility and has identified an approved contractor in local company Stewart Homes, which recently built a similar facility at Grangemouth RFC.

The rugby club has attracted funding from sportscotland, Cash Back for Communities, the Land Trust and West Lothian Council.

The balance, of nearly £450,000, will be met from the club’s reserves and through members fundraising efforts.

Approval was given overwhelmingly at a general meeting of members who authorised the executive committee to sign the contract.

After receiving the final authorisation from sportscotland on Thursday, February 27, the club signed a contract with Stewart Homes.

Craig Young, Linlithgow Rugby Club president, said: “This is a very important step for the club as we develop our facilities for the future.

“Our youngsters especially, and the other local sports clubs in the Linlithgow area, will benefit from this exciting venture.

“There is still a great deal of fundraising to do but our members are rising to the challenge tremendously.”

The training facility will be built next to the existing clubhouse at Mains Park and will consist of an indoor 3G pitch, a fitness and conditioning suite and associated changing rooms and showers.

Work on the facility is expected to begin before the end of March and is planned for completion by the end of October.