SCOTTISH RUGBY has announced a second phase of its Club Hardship Fund (CHF), which will offer member clubs up to the value of £1,000 in support as they look to reopen their facilities following the coronavirus lockdown.
The purpose of the fund is to enable clubs to complete the Scottish Rugby and sportscotland recommended safety checks prior to reopening.
A package of services with preferred supplier, HF Group, has been agreed and clubs will have the opportunity to select from a menu of services or select a seven-service bundle of checks to be completed, with Scottish Rugby covering costs up to £1,000. Clubs who already have maintenance contracts in place can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 and engage their regular supplier to carry out checks.
However, if the checks undertaken lead to a recommendation of work requiring to be carried out, the cost of this work will be at the club’s own expense, using a supplier of their choice.
“We would encourage clubs to apply for the second stage of CHF assistance in order to ensure that they are prepared in the best possible manner for when rugby returns to grounds across the country,” said Sheila Begbie, Scottish Rugby’s Director of Rugby Development.
“Our support for member clubs is unwavering at such an unprecedented time and we are committed to working with them throughout what has been such a challenging time across the rugby landscape.”
The initial CHF was set up back in March, just a few days after the coronavirus lockdown was introduced, from which clubs accessed almost £400,000 of the original £500,000 over the next three months, with the remaining circa £100,000 being ring-fenced for supporting other projects around the club game.
“We have seen a strong interest in the Club Hardship Fund during its first stage which has made a significant difference to clubs in need of support,” said Scottish Rugby Chief Executive, Mark Dodson. “I am delighted to see the remaining funds being made available to applicant clubs as we announce the second phase of the initiative.
“It’s certainly been a challenging time for everyone associated with the sport across Scotland and indeed globally, and I hope that the clubs will take the opportunity to apply for financial assistance if they need it.”