Linlithgow Rugby Club new indoor training facility
Linlithgow played host to Scottish Rugby patron, HRH The Princess Royal, and Scottish Rugby President, Ian Rankin, as they opened a new indoor training facility, which is set to benefit the club and the wider community.
The new indoor facility boasts a World Rugby approved 3G playing surface, a state-of-the-art gym and excellent changing facilities which will allow all sections of the club to train throughout the year regardless of the weather.
The facility is located at the club's home ground, Mains Park, and is the culmination of a huge fundraising effort.Linlithgow's Director of Rugby, Gordon Dixon, said;
"We [Linlithgow Rugby Club] hope that with this new facility in place we can achieve the goals we have set ourselves.
"We are greatly encouraged that other sporting bodies within Linlithgow are already benefitting from the use of this facility."
Linlithgow Academy, a School of Rugby, is also set to reap the benefits of the new facility as they continue to work closely with the rugby club to develop the town's rugby youth development programme.
Other sports clubs in the local community are also set to be beneficiaries as the venue is to be hired out for public use.
The project cost about £500,000 and the facility was built with financial assistance from sportscotland, the Land Trust and Cash Back for Communities plus a significant effort by the rugby club itself.
Members have raised nearly £80,000 through a variety of fundraising events, including a Gala Dinner at Murrayfield in partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation which raised over £20,000.