Scottish Rugby pay out almost £400k from Club Hardship Fund

82 clubs appplied for support and the remaining £100,000 left in the pot will be ring-fenced for future club rugby projects

Scottish Rugby's Club Hardship Fund has paid out almost £400,000. Image: Gordon Honeyman
Scottish Rugby's Club Hardship Fund has paid out almost £400,000. Image: Gordon Honeyman

THE CLUB HARDSHIP, which was set up in March to help Scotland’s domestic clubs to cope with the financial impact of the Covid-19 crisis, has paid out almost £400,000 to 82 applicants. The remaining £100,000 of the fund has been ring-fenced for supporting other projects around the club game in the near future.

Candidates for this funding were able to apply for up to £5,000, with higher claims considered in exceptional circumstances. Clubs could apply for financial assistance across four categories: People, Premises, Utilities and Grounds.

“We wanted to give clubs some financial support due to the lockdown and premature end of the season and the level of response from across the club game has been really encouraging,” said Scottish Rugby’s Director of Rugby Development, Sheila Begbie

“We have awarded a significant amount of money from the initial £500,000 fund and will issue the money at the end of this month, with the remainder earmarked for further investment in the club game.”

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Full list of Club Hardship Fund recipients:

Aberdeen Wanderers RFC
Aberfeldy RFC
Alloa RFC
Ardrossan Academicals RFC 
Argyll & Bute RFC
Banff RFC
Bannockburn RFC
Berwick RFC
Biggar RFC
Boroughmuir RFC
Broughton RFC
Cambuslang RFC
Cartha Queens Park
Corstorphine RFC
Cumbernauld RFC
Cumnock RFC
Currie RFC
Dalziel RFC
Dumfries Saints RFC
Dunfermline RFC
Duns RFC
Edinburgh Accies
Falkirk RFC
Forrester RFC
Gala RFC
Glenrothes RFC
Greenock Wanderers RFC
Haddington RFC
Hawick Linden RFC
Hawick RFC
Helensburgh RFC
Heriot’s RFC
Highland RFC
Hillfoots RFC
Hillhead Jordanhill RFC
Howe of Fife RFC
Huntly RFC
Irvine RFC
Jed-Forest RFC
Kirkcaldy RFC
Langholm RFC
Lasswade RFC
Leith RFC
Lenzie RFC
Linlithgow RFC
Lismore RFC
Livingston RFC
Loch Lomond RFC
Mackie Academy FP RFC
Madras RFC
Marr RFC
Melrose RFC
Montrose RFC
Moray RFC
Morgan RFC
Murrayfield Wanderers RFC
Oban Lorne RFC
Orkney RFC
Paisley RFC
Peebles RFC
Perthshire RFC
Preston Lodge RFC
Ross High RFC
Ross Sutherland RFC
Rosyth Sharks RFC
Selkirk RFC
St Boswells RFC
Stirling County
Strathendrick RFC
Strathmore RFC
Uddingston RFC
Waysiders Drumpellier RFC
Whitecraigs RFC
Wigtownshire RFC

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  1. Zero transparency – failing to dispel justifiable suspicions of favourable treatment of S6 franchisee core clubs, i.e. with preferential allocations from the Covid Hardship Fund.

    Not so? Ok, fine, Ms Begbie – then just publish the figures. Thank you.

  2. Michael just have a think about what you post before you retch whatever bilge has entered your mind onto this site.

    I’m always one for criticising the SRU particularly when it comes to snouts in troughs but for gods sake man use your brain.

    The Super 6 is semi pro and one year old, of course it’s clubs will need support. Come on lad, use your brain. Using this as a way to knock its sustainability is poor, you’ve got to try harder.

    Oh Michael, go have a long hard look at yourself.

    I despise the SRU for its greediness but Super 6 is one of the only decent things they’ve done, bridging the yawning chasm between the pro sides and the rest of the game in Scotland is an essential step. Last season it was already apparent that the players at Super 6 clubs were bigger, stronger and just generally better conditioned already.

    Get on board or you’ll be left crying into your cornflakes about sustainability with all the others.

    • A bit harsh, John, when not all the S6 have properly rebranded as they should have. also, where’s your evidence for S6 progress? …. not according to Gordy Reid!

  3. I’m curious why the amounts haven’t been stated?

    It happens with other SRU funds. Why not this one?

    • Dom look at the number of super 6 clubs included. That proves to me that super 6 is unstainable.


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