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Melrose Rugby Club to Encourage Football in the Borders?

Melrose Rugby Club - the grandstand has wooden benches
and is painted in the club colours; yellow and black.

One of the Borders most illustrious rugby clubs is starting a modernisation programme which looks as if it will be of great benefit to the local community.

A spokesman explained: "We hope to raise money to improve our facilities and make the club more inclusive for example an enhanced gym space, a 3G pitch, and floodlights so that the football club and our junior rugby teams can use the site instead of the surrounding pitches.

"We are running this public consultation to hear the views of the public and what things they think the club could take on and facilitate."

Melrose Rugby Club was founded in 1877 and has always been a central part of the town's history and culture. By opening up its facilities for wider public use, the club aims to continue to have a central role in the town's identity and benefit as many individuals, clubs, and activities as possible. A consultation with the public has started.

Melrose Rugby Club has been innovative on other occasions during its long history. It hosted the first-ever rugby sevens tournament in 1883, the abbreviated game having been invented by a local butcher. The Melrose Sevens, played on the second Saturday in April every year, remains the most popular Scottish Sevens tournament, regularly attracting crowds in excess of 10,000.

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June 2016

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