NEWS: Rocks receive funding from Sport Scotland

It is with the utmost appreciation that we can announce Rocks have received funding as part of the recent Sport Scotland package:

Four sports in Scotland have been awarded their £1 million share of a Scottish Government funding package to help spectator sports through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The funding, which has been distributed by the national agency for sport, sportscotland, will help clubs across Scotland survive the impact of lost ticket revenue caused by the pandemic.

The investment has been made in the form of grants to motorsport (£400k), basketball (£300k), ice hockey (£200k) and netball (£100k), with £930k of the funding already issued. Three grants totalling the remaining £70k are in the process of being released. It is part of a £55million emergency sports funding package from the Scottish Government

Glasgow Rocks, Strathclyde Sirens, Glasgow Tigers, Edinburgh Monarchs, Glasgow Clan, Fife Flyers, Murrayfield Racers and Dundee Stars are the clubs who will benefit. Knockhill and Driftland racing tracks will also receive grants.

Sport Minister Mairi Gougeon said: “I’m pleased to be able to provide this additional funding for spectator sports. It will ensure that motorsport, basketball, ice hockey and netball clubs are protected from the loss in ticket revenue during the pandemic, until spectators can safely return to sports events in larger numbers.

“Restrictions on supporters at events have been vital and necessary in stopping the spread of the virus and saving lives, however it has been a very challenging time for many sports clubs.

“Without this urgent financial support, the survival of some could be in question and I am delighted that we are able to provide this funding as part of the £55 million emergency sports funding package from the Scottish Government.”

Chief Executive of sportscotland, Stewart Harris, said: “This additional investment is very welcome and will help to protect the long-term futures of these clubs. It has been an incredibly challenging period for Scottish sport but the sporting system has shown real resilience in its response.

“There are still plenty of challenges ahead and we will continue to work with a range of Scottish Governing Bodies of Sport and the Scottish Government to ensure the survival of the sports at the heart of our communities.”

Duncan Smillie, Glasgow Rocks owner, said: “All of our income at Glasgow Rocks is self-generated and comes from tickets, merchandise and sponsorship. When it became clear that as a result of the global pandemic there would be no fans attending our games it was clear that we had a huge problem, no income and a programme of players, coaches, physio and travel to deliver. It was a terrifying thought and bottom line was there was no way we could survive.

“Right from the start we engaged with sportscotland, we’ve always had a great relationship with them and from day one they were brilliant and very reassuring.

“The fact of the matter is if we had not received this funding then we would not have been able to survive as a team, it allowed us to both compete on the floor and continue with our community work.

“We will be forever grateful for the financial support we received from the Scottish Government and sportscotland and as Scotland’s only men’s professional basketball team we look forward to making everyone proud in everything we do.”

Managing Director of Knockhill Racing Circuit, Jillian Shedden, said: “Knockhill Racing Circuit is deeply indebted to the Scottish Government and sportscotland for this grant in recognition of…