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Delays to new rugby clubhouse in Invergordon led to hardship fund application

By Andrew Henderson

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Ross Sutherland Rugby Club president John Scott has admitted that delays to completing the new clubhouse is cause for concern.

Ross Sutherland Rugby Club.
Ross Sutherland Rugby Club.

However, he hopes that applying to Scottish Rugby’s club hardship fund will alleviate any short-term worries about the Invergordon outfit’s future.

Rugby’s season has already been brought to an end, with no promotion or relegation taking place, but that also means there is no income for clubs through match day purchases.

Those were limited at Ross Sutherland anyway, as for the last season they have been unable to host players and teams because their base has been under construction – but work has stopped due to social-distancing measures.

The financial implications are beginning to take their toll, with the Stags’ John Mann furloughed as of today in his role as development officer.

The Scottish Rugby Union announced in March that they would approve a pot of money that clubs could apply for up to £5000 from, with the deadline for submissions being yesterday.

Scott has confirmed that Ross Sutherland are one of the clubs looking to the governing body for some financial help, and says not having a functioning clubhouse for income is a major drawback.

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