A Coatbridge rugby club has received funding from the Ross and Liddell Community Bursary Scheme.
Waysiders Drumpellier Rugby Club is a recipient of the property management company’s fifth funding programme, which provides support to organisations all over Scotland.
The organisation was set up to promote rugby for primary and secondary school children in Airdrie, Coatbridge and surrounding areas.
The funding received from Ross and Liddell will be used to purchase equipment including tackle bags and rugby balls for training sessions, which will help the club to grow and develop its activity programme
Mick Hagerty, a coach at the club, said:
“The club is great for those who are interested in participating in rugby, whether they are beginners or want to be part of our senior team. We want everyone to have fun and we also compete in rugby festivals throughout the year so it’s great for team working and those who like taking part in competitions.
“We are always looking for new members, and with the election of our new president just last year, we are keen to grow the club even further.
“This funding will help as we were in desperate need of new tackle bags and the rest of the funds will go towards new balls for the senior team to use in training.”
The club, which was formed in 1993 when the Waysiders Rugby Club and the Drumpellier Rugby Club amalgamated, aims to encourage fun, fitness and sportsmanship.
There are various stages within the club ranging from primary one children to senior players, and club leaders hope that they will be able to start a rugby academy to target elite players with specialist coaching.
Children train twice a week and adults meet three times a week at the club’s base in Coatbridge.
Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Now in its fifth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community.
Waysiders Drumpellier Rugby Club is one of 31 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.
Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said:
“The bursary has really gone from strength to strength and the number of entries that we received for the 2015 scheme was fantastic.
“It’s so important that organisations like Waysiders Drumpellier Rugby Club have access to funding sources to ensure young people get the chance to play rugby and get the opportunity to reach their full potential in the sport.
“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”