Broadwood base will help produce rugby stars of the future for Scots

MEP Jamie Hepburn shows his skills to  Academy player James Malcolm. With them are NLL chief executive Blane Dodds and SRU coach Scott Johnson
MEP Jamie Hepburn shows his skills to Academy player James Malcolm. With them are NLL chief executive Blane Dodds and SRU coach Scott Johnson

Cumbernauld’s Broadwood Stadium has been unveiled as the home of the Scottish Rugby Union’s new Glasgow and West of Scotland Academy.

The official opening ceremony of the new facility was performed by Cumbernauld and Kilsyth MSP Jamie Hepburn, in his capacity as Scottish Government Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health.

Mr Hepburn welcomed the academy as the latest in a number of new developments in and around Broadwood Stadium.

These include the laying of a 4G artificial playing surface suitable for professional football and rugby, allowing Cumbernauld Colts FC to step-up to the Lowland League, joining Clyde FC as a senior football club based at the stadium; a new BMX track; new tennis courts, and a leisure centre incorporating a soft-play area for children.

He said: “It’s great news that the Scottish Rugby Union are located at Broadwood, bringing a new dimension to activities run from the stadium complex.

“With the college already located there, along with Cumbernauld Colts and Clyde as senior football clubs, it is good to see so much happening within our area.

“I was delighted to join with the SRU in opening their new academy and wish them every success there.

“And of course, I hope to continue to see so many members of the public utilising Broadwood as a valuable community leisure asset too.”

The purpose-built ‘hub’ at Broadwood Stadium will become the administrative centre for the Academy’s management and medical teams, as well providing changing and meeting spaces for the 35 men’s and women’s players, to accompany the existing access to grass and synthetic surfaces at the ground.