Work underway on ambitious rugby club redevelopment

Facilities at Linlithgow Rugby Club are undergoing an upgrade in time for its 50th birthday celebrations.
Facilities at Linlithgow Rugby Club are undergoing an upgrade in time for its 50th birthday celebrations.

Linlithgow Rugby Club may have been left on the sidelines by the weather last week as far as playing action is concerned.

But there has been plenty happening off it as work gets underway at Mains Park this week on the next phase of the club’s development.

This will see construction of a new entrance to the rugby club which will cover both the existing clubhouse and the new club and community indoor training centre.

It will also improve access to the clubhouse for people with disabilities and enhance safety and security.

Club secretary Ken Richardson said: “We are very excited to continue our ambitious programme to develop our facilities.

“We are also grateful to our main funding partner, LandTrust, and also to Scottish Rugby’s Club Sustainability Fund and to the charity Hearts and Balls who are also providing financial support.

“Their three grants go a long way to covering the cost of the project.”

Local company Stewart Homes, who constructed the Club and Community Indoor Training Centre that was opened last July by HRH The Princess Royal, will carry out the work.

The new entrance and foyer will also include a new office and base for the clubhouse manager and for the four members of the club’s development team that works in local schools.

It will also enable the club to make better use of space within the existing clubhouse.

It’s expected that the work will be completed in time to help the club celebrate its upcoming golden jubilee.

Ken said: “We set out a few years ago to work through a project to refresh and develop the club’s facilities in time for our 50th anniversary in 2020 and we are well on track to achieving this ambition.”

As far as playing action is concerned no rugby took place last weekend because of frozen pitches with Linlithgow’s match away to Murrayfield Wanderers among the casualties.

This week Linlithgow RFC has two home matches. The Reds take on Duns in BT East 1, while the 2nds have a league match against Edinburgh Northern 2s. Both matches kick off at 2pm.