Linlithgow Rugby Club was given the Royal seal of approval today when HRH The Princess Royal, as Patron of Scottish Rugby Union, officially opened the new facilities.
The indoor training centre boasts an artificial 3G pitch in line with International Rugby Board standards and a gym designed to Scottish Rugby specification.
The club has suffered in recent times because of harsh winters and a lack of facilities.
In such conditions senior players have been unable to train and youngsters have been unwilling.
The outdoor pitches crumbled under the strain of over use and poor weather, and it was at this point when the club recognised that something had to change and fast.
Gordon Dixon, Director of Rugby at LRFC and one of the people who started the process of change said: “We hope that with this new facility now in place we can achieve the goals we have set ourselves.
“We are greatly encouraged that other sporting bodies within Linlithgow are already benefitting from the use of this wonderful facility.”
Commenting on her visit, The Princess Royal said she was delighted to be opening the new facilities, particularly with her links to Scottish rugby.
The club has raised over half a million pounds through grants plus a creative fund-raising programme which included a spectacular gala dinner at Murrayfield Stadium, a sponsored walk and the youngest players, known as the Wee Reds, also helped by collecting pennies in ‘wee red’ piggy banks.