On Wednesday afternoon, the Rangers Charity Foundation announced via the club’s website that it had submitted a proposal in relation to the Ibrox Community Complex.
The Foundation is proposing to revamp the site for the benefit of the community.
💙 CHARITY: @RFC_Charity has submitted a proposal to revitalise the Ibrox Community Complex and significantly boost the use of the facility.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 19, 2019
“The Rangers Charity Foundation exists to be a force for good on behalf of the Rangers Family, showing compassion to those in need, tackling inequalities and creating opportunities for people of all ages to change their lives for the better,” explained Foundation director Connal Cochrane. “We believe that working with our partners, we can provide increased opportunities for the local community and create a thriving Ibrox Community Complex.”
“The Foundation and the club are currently the main users of the Community Complex. But, we believe in its potential to be enjoyed by more people. To date, we have had positive discussions with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council and after today’s presentation to local representatives, we look forward to continuing that positive dialogue.
“Should the Foundation secure a long term lease of the Ibrox Community Complex, we would assume responsibility for its operation and management and act as a strong broker for all the uses proposed, ensuring that all can flourish.”
Rangers’ Managing Director, Stewart Robertson, also made a statement. He said he was ‘heartened’ by early discussions and outlined some of the proposed changes to the Complex.
One stand out aspect was the planned replacement of the current well-worn artificial playing surface.
There can be a lot of red tape surrounding these kinds of processes. However, it’s good to see Rangers coming up with a plan to improve the facilities on the stadium’s doorstep.
The move comes amid planned improvements to the stadium itself.
Last month, the Rangers Youth D.C confirmed Pools money was to be used for renovations. £20k has been allocated for panel replacements on both the Broomloan Road and Copland Road stands.
Furthermore, Steven Gerrard has spoken about summer work on facilities within Ibrox. These form part of the manager’s off-field revolution, as he seeks to create an elite environment for the players.
There’s plenty going on then, both inside and outside the stadium right now.
Hopefully, this proposal from the Foundation will stand up to scrutiny and the revamp of the Community Complex can begin as soon as possible.