Currie rugby club calls on community to help with £20,000 urgent clubhouse repairs

A local rugby club is calling on generous businesses and individuals to help it cover the costs of urgent repairs to its clubhouse roof.
The Malleny Park clubhouse is in need of urgent repairs costing £20,000The Malleny Park clubhouse is in need of urgent repairs costing £20,000
The Malleny Park clubhouse is in need of urgent repairs costing £20,000

Like many clubs, Currie Chieftains, which plays in the Scottish Premiership and is based at Malleny Park in Balerno, has found itself with dramatically reduced income resulting from the pandemic.

This strain has been compounded after club officials unearthed major issues affecting the flat part of its clubhouse roof, set to worsen if left untreated and requiring urgent action.

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A GoFundMe campaign which was set up has already yielded £12,000, however costs will exceed £20,000 for the repairs which are needed.

As well as being used for youth and adult club activities and match functions, it is used by many local groups for meetings activities and events, as well as being a popular venue for family celebrations.

The club was founded as Currie RFC in 1970 by six individuals, subsequently recording the fastest ever journey from club formation to league success in the history if Scottish Rugby. It rebranded to become Currie Chieftains in 2017.

It has three senior men’s sides, a well-established junior division as well as a newly-launched women’s team.

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Charles Mullins, chairman with the Currie Chieftains, said: “We are urgently asking for help. Whether you’re a current or past member, a local resident or someone with a strong sense of community, we hope you can see the importance of this to us all at the club and in this community.

“Likewise, any business that wants to give back to society would do so by joining this cause. Securing the future use of the club would make a huge difference to the communities we serve and even further afield.”

The club recently secured a new sponsorship deal with CALA Homes into the 2021/22 season, however this funding is required for the day-to-day running of three senior sides, the colts, and the junior division.

Derek Lawson, strategic land director with CALA Homes (East), said: “We’ve partnered with Currie Chieftains for the last decade and seen first-hand the huge positive impact it has in this part of the world.

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“Its fundraising efforts in such difficult circumstances have been impressive and I hope it can reach its total soon.”

Those wishing to make donations can do so on the GoFundMe page.

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