Ibrox community complex gets a boost with £150,000 government funding

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The Ibrox community complex is set to get a financial boost after the Rangers Charity Foundation won a £150,000 grant to develop facilities on the site.

The complex, which is located directly opposite the Ibrox stadium, will have its full-size synthetic football pitch restored with the grant, which is intended to develop grassroots football facilities.

The investment is part of a wider scheme which sees £2million being spent on football in Scotland by the UK government.

Rangers Charity Foundation director Connal Cochrane said: “We are delighted to receive this level of support.

“The £150,000 grant will go a long way towards regenerating this site. Coupled with the support of the football club, we will transform the Ibrox community complex into a modern and revitalized facility with a range of activities and services for the local community.

“The Foundation already has a reputation for running a wide range of community programs related to health, employability, diversity and education that make a real difference in people’s lives and this grant will allow us to expand this to help further improve the health and well-being of local populations.”

Amy McDonald, head of women’s and women’s football at Rangers, believes work on the complex can help open doors to a wide range of people and can particularly benefit women’s football.

“The UK government funds are gratefully received,” she said. “The Ibrox community complex was once a hive of activity and for Rangers to have the opportunity to be at the heart of this rejuvenation will be fantastic.

“As part of the Everyone Rangers campaign, the restored community complex will allow us to reach a wide range of people, enhancing our offering across the Rangers women’s and girls’ department and football academies. .”

Rangers chief executive Stewart Robertson added: “This direct financial intervention from the UK Government is a welcome boost to the funds needed to revive this strategically located community venue. We are thrilled to support our charitable foundation and see this crucial community facility restored.

“We appreciate the positive approach taken by the UK Government and the leadership of Glasgow Life and City Council officials in enabling our charitable foundation to take a long-term lease on the community complex.”

Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack visited Ibrox to mark the announcement.

He said: “Football is the beating heart of Glasgow and this investment of £150,000 from the UK Government will help the Rangers Charity Foundation, working with Rangers FC, breathe new life into this vital community complex.

“With the Ibrox Stadium as the backdrop, people from all walks of life will be inspired to get active and reap the physical and mental health benefits that the beautiful game can bring.

“Total of £2million, UK Government funding is transforming grassroots football facilities across Scotland, from Borders to Moray and Inverclyde to Dundee, helping communities become winners on and off the ground.”

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