Bonnyrigg Rose makes its mark

Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic are just one of the clubs involved in the community club
Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic are just one of the clubs involved in the community club

Bonnyrigg Rose Football Sports Club is continuing to look forward after it received the highest grading possible from the SFA.

The club – made up of Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic Juniors, Bonnyrigg Rose A, Bonnyrigg Rose FC (youths), Lasswade Thistle and associate member Bonnyrigg and Sherwood Community Development Trust – has been given Legacy Mark status by the game’s governing body and will be officially awarded the accolade at Tynecastle Park on Saturday.

Along with Blackburn and Murieston, Bonnyrigg will join Spartans, Linlithgow Rose and Broxburn in being an East Region legacy club.

Bonnyrigg Rose Football Sports Club chairman Brendan Parkinson believes this will help the club develop.

He said: “It’s the highest mark that the SFA can give out to a club. It shows that we have got our house in order.

“We are now the largest provider for football within Midlothian, with 700 kids under our banner.

“What it means in real terms is an SFA endorsement that we are doing the right things. And, they came to us to say we should apply for this, which shows that we are doing a good job.

“This will help in bidding for funding. For example the existing legacy clubs have excellent facilities.

“Obviously we have New Dundas Park but our youths have to train elsewhere, whereas we could potentially look at developing New 
Dundas Park.

“It opens up a lot of avenues for us. The work really starts now.

“We have plans for 2015, so we will maybe expand our community club, as it’s not confined to football.

“Any sports club can join, we have had talks with other clubs about joining.

“All our clubs have always had informal links. What this has done is bring us closer together as a community club.

“The whole quality mark process also helps us from a governance perspective.”

There are four different statuses given by the SFA – standard, development, community and legacy.

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