Melrose Rugby Club 1883 Legacy Project

To install a 3G pitch with floodlights & submit planning for the development of a community sports facility at the home of Rugby Sevens.

We did it!

On 4th Aug 2017 we successfully raised £13,980 with 140 supporters in 56 days

The 1883 Legacy Project

In 2016 Melrose RFC & SRU embarked on an ambitious journey to create a community sports facility for all sports, for Melrose and for the surrounding area.  After much consultation and planning, and with the backing of the Scottish Borders Council, SRU, SFA and SportScotland, the Club are kicking off the first stage of the 1883 Legacy Project:

  • The installation of a 3G pitch with floodlights, built to the SRU's specification and to meet modern standards.  This will allow more matches and more training opportunities for more sports to take place at the Greenyards.
  • Obtain planning consent to build a state of the art community facility at Greenyards for people of all ages, abilities and all sports.  This will to benefit local organisations, showcase our heritage & history in a modern environment, boost Sporting Tourism and attract prestigious overseas teams and fans to Melrose.  The plans are ready to submit but there are submission costs.
  • To safeguard the Club's future and heritage and to maintain a great sporting venue for sportsman and women enjoying a wide range of sports for generations to come.

How you can help

We need to plug the funding gap and that’s where you come in ~ inspired by the past, investing in the future.

Everyone can play their part in this Crowdfunding Campaign, it is important to us that we work together towards a common goal – securing the future of the Greenyards.  We hope that you will invest in the future of sport in the Scottish Borders and for the Melrose club by sponsoring a square of the new pitch.

We want everyone who gives to this crowd funding campaign to get something back for their support by becoming Members of our 1883 Club who will receive :

  • 1883 Pin badge representing investment level
  • An investment certificate signed by Trevor Jackson, Club President and the Club's Olympian, Mark Robertson
  • Their name included on digital map of the pitch to be display on our website
  • A quarterly Newsletter
  • Early bird tickets for matches and events
  • 10% off bookings for function rooms
  • Invitations to exclusive Club members events

We have various levels of recognition and rewards to say thank you, please see on the right hand side of the page for details. ***BONUS PRIZE*** every 100th donor with recieve a copy of Ian Cooper's Book - A Butcher's Legacy, The Offical History of The Melrose Sevens.

Businesses & Sponsors

We want local, national and international businesses to be involved with our Crowdfunder and all the exposure that comes with it, this is a community project, which will benefit so many aspects of the community.  We invite you to take advantage of advertising packages available around the pitch, on our website,on player's kits,  in the 7's programme and in the future new facility at the Greenyards.  Check out our business options or get in touch with us to discuss further opportunities which are available.

What is 3G?

3G pitches are the most significant and successful development in synthetic surface technology designed for a miriad of sports from golf, fitness training, athletics, children's PE, netball and of course rugby and football at competitive, training and recreational levels.  The 3G turf pile (artificial grass ‘blades’) is supported by a thin base layer of sand, and by an infill of rubber crumb, making it an ideal all weather surface.


Future Plans?

Phase 2 of the 1883 Legacy Project  -the substantial costs to operate and maintain our facilities at the Greenyards will only increase in the current building; we are not fit for purpose for community requirements.   The proposed new facility will include a modern compliant stand for 1200, changing rooms for men & women, community & fitness studios, treatment rooms, function & office & Heritage Trail mapping the history of Seven a side rugby from Ned Haig's dream to the present day.  

By bringing everyone home to an efficiently built efficiently and well managed, we know the future is far more sustainable and attractive to members and community users as well as our partner sponsors.  

A Brief History of the Melrose Club

Founded in 1877, and elected to full membership of the Scottish Rugby Union in 1880.  Their first Border League success came in 1910-11 and their second in 1938-39. Since the Second World War, however, Melrose have remained among Scotland's leading clubs. The unofficial championship was won in 1951-52, 1962-63 and 1966-67 and the Border League won five times between the war and 1971.

1883 marked the introduction of seven-a-side rugby with the first Melrose Sevens tournament played to raise funds for the club, an idea being credited to Ned Haig, a player at the time. Sevens are now played all over the world but every year on the second Saturday of April the World's Premier Club Sevens takes place at Greenyards.

Melrose Sevens coupled with the name of Ned Haig successfully fought off the opposition to win induction into the International Rugby Boards Hall of Fame. It is testament to founder Ned Haig and the hundreds of volunteers who have helped run the event.  The club was delighted to receive this accolade, the highest honour that can be awarded within the international rugby community. It now takes pride of place within the clubrooms together with the original Ladies Cup.

Melrose can boast contributing more than 30 internationalists to the game of rugby, most recently to the hugely successful Scottish Sevens team which included Melrose club members Scott Wight, Mark Robertson and Head Coach Calum McRae as well as incoming Scotland Sevens coach John Dalziel.  The Melrose Youth Development Programme endeavours to continue this success into the future.

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