BORDERS rugby clubs are getting money to help cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Scottish Rugby launched its Club Hardship Fund (CHF) in March, with clubs across the country able to apply for up to £5,000 to help with costs up to July.

Higher claims were considered in “exceptional circumstances”.

The list of successful clubs has now been released - and there are 11 in the Borders.

Melrose RFC’s finance director Graeme Burgess says his club is grateful for the money.

“This scheme, along with support from government and other bodies, have helped to ensure that we are able to see out the most financially challenging period in the club’s history,” Mr Burgess said.

Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: “We launched the Club Hardship Fund in order to offer support to clubs at what has proved to be an extremely challenging time for those involved in the sport at community level.

“I am pleased that each applicant club will receive direct financial assistance to help where they need it most so that when rugby does resume, they are well placed to become community hubs once more.”

This is the full list of Borders clubs which have been awarded money

  • Hawick RFC
  • Earlston RFC
  • Gala RFC
  • Peebles RFC
  • Melrose RFC
  • Jed-Forest RFC
  • St Boswells RFC
  • Hawick Linden RFC
  • Duns RFC
  • Gala YM RFC
  • Selkirk RFC