SCOTTISH RUGBY in conjunction with North Lanarkshire Council and NL Leisure today unveiled a new home for the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy in Glasgow and the west. The purpose-built ‘hub’ at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld will become the administrative centre for the Academy’s management and medical teams, as well providing changing and meeting spaces for the 35 men’s and women’s players, to accompany the existing access to grass and synthetic surfaces at the ground.

An initial £500,000 investment from NL Leisure and North Lanarkshire Council has been used to provide the next generation of elite male and female Scottish rugby talent with a state of the art new home.

The Academy includes the latest in fitness, medical and training facilities and will be maintained by ‘significant’ year on year investment from Scottish Rugby. There will be access to the 3G pitch which has hosted club rugby’s 2014 Cup Final Day, when Heriots’ defeated Glasgow Hawks  31-10, and has been the venue for several representative matches in recent season, including the Scotland Women and Scotland under-20 double header against England last month. Both those teams are back in action this Friday for a second Six Nations double-header against France.

“The academy has played a huge part in preparing me for the rigors of senior professional rugby, with the relationship between the academy and the Warriors allowing me to develop my physicality, my skills, and prove my potential,” said James Malcolm, who is a member of the Academy and has broken into the Glasgow Warriors team at hooker this season.

“This development is the latest enhancement of Scottish Rugby’s major policy initiative to build a regional academy system that provides the best possible support to players, both male and female, who have been identified as having genuine potential for the future,” added Academy manager Jamie Dempsey.

“We are indebted to the continued support shown from NL Leisure, who, like us, are committed to providing a world-class academy experience to aspirational Scottish athletes here in Glasgow and the West.” “The BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy is a wonderful endorsement of NL Leisure and I am sure that the superb facilities at Broadwood will be an ideal venue for the further development of rugby in partnership with NLC and Scottish Rugby,” said North Lanarkshire Council leader Jim Logue.

“This pays huge credit to North Lanarkshire’s many clubs and is an enormous expansion for rugby across the area,” he added.

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.