Hawick rugby’s recent funding windfall looks set to be diverted towards the creation of a new sustainability role which is hoped can help revive the sport in the town.
More than 25 Scottish clubs applied for funding, which was created through sponsorship by BT Sport. A total of £1.6million has been earmarked over a four-year period aimed at sparking some life back into the amateur game.
Hawick Rugby Trust expects delivery of its cash slice soon and chair Alastair Cranston spoke this week about where the trust is intending to use the investment.
“The plan is to set-up the role of a club integration community officer who will primarily deal with improving rugby from grass roots to senior rugby,” said Cranston.
“The Hawick Rugby Trust met this week to continue our ongoing discussions on what the full details of what the new role will include and what specific skills we will be looking for when we start our search. The hope is that we will have a concrete list of what we want very soon which will then allow us to move forward and start advertising the post.”
Cranston remains tight-lipped on the finer details of what the role will actually entail, but the local councillor did reveal they will not solely be accepting applications with rugby-orientated backgrounds, admitting a wide net will be cast in order to bring in the best possible candidate.
He added: “We are not going to pigeon hole ourselves by having an individual who only has a rugby background – we are going to be looking for someone with a bit more.
“Yes, the role will primarily be centred around rugby and the continued improvement of Hawick rugby, but we are also hoping whoever takes on the role can also be involved with other sports and clubs in the town.
“The aim is to work flexibly with all the different sports clubs in the town, integrating more so that we can sustain a wide range of sports in Hawick.”