Hawick Sports Initiative funding secured

Graeme Anderson of Hawick Linden and Morgan Tait of Hawick Wanderers throwing and catching a rugby ball.

Published: Thursday, 24th November 2016

Funding designated for sports facilities in Volunteer Park will be maintained, despite Hawick Sports Initiative being wound up.

The charity has decided it no longer requires to exist after playing a significant role in a series of improvements in Volunteer Park, including the 2G and 3G sports pitches and new tennis courts.

Hawick Sports Initiative (HSI) was previously provided with £40,000 from us as a sinking fund to maintain the 2G pitch when it was installed.

However, thanks to work by staff at Hawick High School, the pitch has not required to use this funding.

Live Borders to take over improvements at Volunteer Park, Hawick

A tri-party agreement between us, HSI and Live Borders has now been signed which means the five-figure sum will be transferred to Live Borders with the guarantee it is spent to improve the facilities in Volunteer Park.

The Volunteer Park Sports Club Group will continue to represent the clubs which use the park.

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive of Live Borders

One of our priorities at Live Borders is to ensure that sports facilities in the region are of a high standard and widely available to all.

"We are delighted to be involved with the Volunteer Park project, it is a great example of how working together with local clubs and organisations can benefit the community as a whole."

David Davidson, Chair of HSI

“I am delighted that Hawick Sports Initiative has been able to deliver sports facilities at the Volunteer Park, and through this agreement has ensured that any unused capital can be passed on for the next phase of maintaining the 2G pitch and to upgrade the changing facilities at our new 3G pitch.

“Before the 3G pitch project came along we were looking to upgrade the changing facilities at the Volunteer Park and this will now be done by the Volunteer Park Sports Club in partnership with SBC and Live Borders.

“It is important to note that all of HSI's funding, not just the £40,000, will stay in Hawick at the Volunteer Park to support future development and help to fund a development officer to increase participation in sport by not only the public but especially the High School which has no outdoor facilities of its own.

“I would also like to thank all of the local people who have supported HSI through their membership as representatives of the many sporting clubs in Hawick and the surrounding area.”