Rugby club to forge ahead onfield and off

LINLITHGOW Rugby Club has welcomed the thumbs up from West Lothian Council to transform its Mains Park base.

The Journal and Gazette reported last week that the council had given the go-ahead for the club’s plans to build a £400,000 indoor facility with an artificial pitch, changing rooms, and a strength and conditioning suite, at the front of the current clubhouse.

Club president Craig Young said: “This is excellent news and a vital stage as we take our development plans forward.

“The club is meeting Sportscotland at the end of the month to seek further guidance on what we need to do to proceed to the next stage of our application for 50 per cent funding from them.”

Last month, the Journal and Gazette reported the club had been awarded £45,000 in Cashback for Communities funding.

Refurbishment work is 
already going on with the oldest part of the clubhouse roof now replaced and insulated and work will now begin on replacing and insulating the fascia above the clubhouse windows.

Craig added: “The work of improving our current facilities is an essential part of our total project and is being taken forward in parallel with the work on finalising our plans and identifying funding for 
our indoor training facility.

“We now need to crack on.

‘‘We need to finalise our plans and invite tenders.

‘‘There is also the important task of how we raise the rugby club’s contribution to the costs.

‘‘Linlithgow Rugby Club is facing new challenges on the playing field but these are exciting times off the field for the club as well.”