Funding to SRU for back pitches and possibly new clubhouse for Wanderers amateur RFC

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Dear Scottish Sports Council,

As reported in the Scotsman on 28th July 2018 (see https://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/jo...), the SRU are turfing Edinburgh Wanderers out of their historic home on their back pitches at Murrayfield.
The report notes that "after Murrayfield RFC and Edinburgh Wanderers FC merged in 1997, the old clubhouse on Corstorphine Road was sold and the £300,000 proceeds invested in the new pavilion next to the main stadium. Public sports grants of £125,000 and £165,000 were made on the basis of a wider public benefit."

I believe this funding to the SRU was for improvement to their back pitches and possibly the new clubhouse for Wanderers amateur RFC. Please could you supply full details of the awards. I am particularly interested to hear of conditions attached to the grant.

Your current Sports Facilities Fund guidelines state "The project must have meaningful community access, provide community benefit and not be for private gain". The SRU are removing the community benefit aspect from whatever improvements your funding provided, by using the land to build a new mini-stadium for their own Edinburgh Rugby club use and reserving the pitches for their exclusive use or commercial hire. The Wanderers have received but £50,000 for their £300,000 clubhouse. Amateur clubs are no longer welcome at Murrayfield.

I would like to know if the SRU are in breach of the conditions of grant, which was tax-payers money meant for community benefit.

Yours faithfully,

P Gregson

Dear Scottish Sports Council,
I realise now that the date of the grant may have been in the period 1993 up to 1997.
If you would like more background information on the case, please go to
http://www.kidsnotsuits.com/wp-content/u...

Yours faithfully,

P Gregson

FOI, Scottish Sports Council

Dear Olivia,

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August 2018. Under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, sportscotland is obliged to reply to information requests within 20
working days, which means we will send you our response no later than 21
September 2018.

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FOI, Scottish Sports Council

Dear P Gregson

I acknowledge receipt of your Freedom of Information request dated 25
August 2018. Under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act
2002, sportscotland is obliged to reply to information requests within 20
working days, which means we will send you our response no later than 21
September 2018.

Regards

_______________________________________________________________
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Doges | Templeton on the Green | 62 Templeton Street | Glasgow | G40 1DA
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Awards are now open – nominate by Friday 7 September.

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FOI, Scottish Sports Council

Good morning,

 

Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002, requesting the following information:

 

1.       “As reported in the Scotsman on 28th July 2018 (see
[1]https://protect-eu.mimecast.com/s/QeD8C9...),
the SRU are turfing Edinburgh Wanderers out of their historic home on
their back pitches at Murrayfield. The report notes that "after
Murrayfield RFC and Edinburgh Wanderers FC merged in 1997, the old
clubhouse on Corstorphine Road was sold and the £300,000 proceeds invested
in the new pavilion next to the main stadium. Public sports grants of
£125,000 and £165,000 were made on the basis of a wider public benefit."

 

I believe this funding to the SRU was for improvement to their back
pitches and possibly the new clubhouse for Wanderers amateur RFC. Please
could you supply full details of the awards. I am particularly interested
to hear of conditions attached to the grant.

 

2.       Your current Sports Facilities Fund guidelines state "The project
must have meaningful community access, provide community benefit and not
be for private gain". The SRU are removing the community benefit aspect
from whatever improvements your funding provided, by using the land to
build a new mini-stadium for their own Edinburgh Rugby club use and
reserving the pitches for their exclusive use or commercial hire. The
Wanderers have received but £50,000 for their £300,000 clubhouse. Amateur
clubs are no longer welcome at Murrayfield.

I would like to know if the SRU are in breach of the conditions of grant,
which was tax-payers money meant for community benefit.”

 

 

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Our Response

 

1.       We cannot locate any grant documents in our current or archived
grant documentation offered to Scottish Rugby Union. We also have no
record in respect of any grant going to SRU in respect of the clubhouse,
or the back pitches.

 

We have, however, located the attached offer letter  dated 28/2/1992
addressed to the Edinburgh Wanderers rather than SRU, in respect of the
clubhouse. This offer and terms and conditions attached to this offer are
binding on Edinburgh Wanderers, and not SRU.

 

Considering that there is no other reference to SRU funding in respect of
the clubhouse or pitches, we are of the view that public funding was not
issued to SRU from sportscotland for this purpose. Therefore, in line with
section 17(1) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002,
(Information Not Held) we cannot provide you with all the information that
you have requested.

 

2.       As above, we believe that the grant funding in question provided
by the Scottish Sports Council was offered to the Edinburgh Wanderers, and
not SRU, and therefore SRU are not subject to any terms and conditions of
award. Therefore, in line with section 17(1) of the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002, (Information Not Held) we cannot provide you with all
the information that you have requested.

 

To help me, I would be grateful if you could acknowledge receipt of this
response for our records.

 

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Freedom of Information procedures can be found on sportscotland’s website
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If you are still dissatisfied, you have the right to apply to the Scottish
Information Commissioner for a decision. Further details on this process
are available on the Commissioner’s website:
[2]www.itspublicknowledge.info. An online appeal may be made to the
Scottish Information Commissioner by following this link
[3]www.itspublicknowledge.info/Appeal.

 

Kind regards

Micheila

 

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Dear FOI,
Micheila said in her response that she had attached the offer letter dated 28/2/92 to Edinburgh Wanderers for their clubhouse.

But I could not see the attachment. Could it be re-sent? I should be able to download it from the "What do they know" website once that it has been done. Alternatively Micheila can email it to me at [email address]

I should like to study this letter before I consider my response to the FOI.

Yours sincerely,

P Gregson

FOI, Scottish Sports Council

1 Atodiad

Dear P Gregson

Apologies, not sure what happened to the attachment to my previous email.
I have reattached the file and have copied your email address below to
this email. If you have any further issues with viewing this attachment
please let me know.

Kind regards
Micheila

Micheila West
Legal Officer | sportscotland
Doges | Templeton on the Green | 62 Templeton Street | Glasgow | G40 1DA

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