CORSTORPHINE COUGARS have been awarded a £250,000 grant from Scottish Rugby’s ‘Growth & Participation Fund’, set up using the £5m low-interest loan directed towards Murrayfield in December 2020 as part of a £20m Scottish Government Covid-19 support package for the sport.
Cougars plan to strategically employ the funding for the comprehensive redevelopment of its existing clubhouse at Union Park in West Edinburgh. The proposed enhancements include the addition of new changing facilities, two rooms for community let and a dedicated gym space.
“This is fantastic news for us,” said Corstorphine Cougars Vice President, Steve Wright. “The phrase we are using at the club is ‘game-changing’. We are already one of the biggest clubs in Edinburgh, running four senior teams, but this financial support is going to allow us to have facilities that match our ambition as a club moving forward.
“The pavilion was built in the 19th century so there is a fair bit of refurbishment required to upgrade it but if we didn’t do something now, we were likely to face significant deterioration. The support we are receiving from Scottish Rugby is vital in helping us get that springboard to both enhance and preserve our facility for the many years to come.
“While this is a massive benefit to our men’s and youth sections, it’s our women’s section, arguably one of the biggest in Scotland, who are going to benefit the most from the redevelopment. Having a club environment where they can develop their fitness off of the rugby pitch is important for them to continue to perform at the highest level.”
Gavin Scott, Director of Rugby Development, added: “I am delighted to share the outcome of the latest phase of the Major Capital Investment fund. This significant infusion of new investment for Corstorphine Cougars will play a pivotal role in upgrading the club’s facilities, making them more attractive to both existing and potential players.
“The investment into a gym space will be a great enhancement for all players, especially the women’s players, many of whom are involved in the Premiership league and programmes within Scottish Rugby’s performance pathway.”