Hawick Rugby Club benefit from changing room windfall

by Scott Douglas

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Greens are delighted with £10k to revamp facilities – resulting in a PR win all round

Edinburgh PR agency arranges public relations photographyMembers of Hawick Rugby Football Club will be able to change in comfort thanks to the generosity of a wind farm developer.

The rugby club will receive a £10,000 donation from Banks Renewables, who is the process of submitting a scoping report for a wind farm Birneyknowe in the Scottish Borders, which will help renovate the club’s dated changing rooms.

Dr Charlie Oliver, Sponsorship Convenor on the Committee of Hawick Rugby Football Club, said: “We’re thrilled to have received the sponsorship from Banks Renewables.

“We really appreciate their support. Especially since they’re new to the community, it was a welcomed surprise that they’d take such an interest in the local club.

See the full set of images from the PR photocall to mark the anouncement of Banks Renwables’ £10,000 donation to Hawick Rugby club




“It’s fantastic to see that renewable energy developers are interested in the local community and working with us to support causes which are of importance to us.

“Their generosity will allow us to improve the facilities at the club so that we can make it more accessible to the Mini Section and other juvenile players in the town.”

Hawick Rugby Football Club is one of the most successful sporting teams in the local area, dating back as far as 1872 and is a pivotal part of the local community. The club provides sporting and training facilities for kids in the ‘Mini Section’ and adults in the senior and this past year they were finalists in the Borders League.

The £10,000 donation from Hamilton-based Banks Renewables will, allow for the club to totally refurbish its existing changing area, as well as create an additional extension creating separate showering and toilet facilities for male and female members.

As part of its development with care approach, the developer identifies local community groups and voluntary organisations that it can support, in the vicinity of its renewable energy developments.

Banks Renewables recently submitted a scoping report to the Scottish Borders Council for a wind farm of up to 19 turbines to be installed at the 842 hectare Birneyknowe site.

Such a development could generate up to 76MW, enough to meet the electricity needs of 38,000 homes. Annually it could remove around 77,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere that would be released producing that energy by non-renewable means.

Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “It is really important to us that we develop positive, long term relationships with local communities and work jointly with them to ensure that local businesses, families and other organisations see real, long lasting benefits from their local wind farm.

Holyrood PR in Edinburgh handles public relations and photography for wind farm company“The most rewarding way to build a relationship is by actually becoming a part of the community, and we are excited to back the Hawick Rugby club in hopes of doing just that.

“We hope that our sponsorship makes a difference to the club, and we hope to see them do as well in next year’s championships as they have this year.

“We will of course continue to offer support to Hawick Rugby Club and build relationships with the rest of the community throughout the development process and over the lifetime of the proposed site.”

Banks Renewables is committed to maintaining the positive community relationships that it has developed over the last year in the run up to the submission of the planning application and welcomes all feedback in respect of the application, as the proposal goes through the planning process.

Power generated by wind farms will help Scotland continue to enjoy the constant, reliable energy supply modern life demands – and such wind farms have already reduced the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels imported from unstable overseas markets.

Banks Renewables is part of the Banks Group (www.banksgroup.co.uk), a family firm founded in 1976, which now employs hundreds of people in the renewable energy, property and mining sectors.

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