On Thursday, Glasgow City Council delivered a major boost to the Rangers Charity Foundation.

The Foundation’s proposal to revitalise the Ibrox Community Complex was passed via a unanimous decision.

The proposal, which has the support of the football club, will see the facilities adjacent to the stadium improved and opened for wider community use.

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Rangers Charity’s Ibrox proposal given green light

“The Foundation and the club are currently key users of the facility, but we believe in its potential to be enjoyed by more people,” Conal Cochrane, Rangers Charity Foundation Director, told Rangerscharity.org. “In the past year, the Foundation has delivered twenty-six community programmes and activities, including many at the Ibrox Community Complex, to almost seven thousand people across education, employability, health and wellbeing, and diversity and inclusion.”

“We believe that, with the club and local partners, we can create a thriving Ibrox Community Complex and look forward to working with the City Council and Glasgow Life to progress this exciting opportunity.”

The Ibrox Community Complex lies opposite the Bill Struth Main Stand. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A council representative echoed Cochrane’s optimism.

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“I am delighted that Glasgow City Council and Rangers Charity Foundation are working together on this lease and welcome the investment that will enable the continued use and upgrading of this community facility,” said Councillor Ruairi Kelly, Chair of Glasgow City Council’s Contracts and Property Committee [Rangerscharity.org]

“With input from the community and other stakeholders I’m sure the success of this model will be of great benefit to the local area.”

 

Rangers Football Club’s Managing Director, Stewart Robertson, also expressed his delight at the approval.

Robertson supported the Rangers Charity’s application. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Verdict

Just as the team are showing improvements on the pitch, the club and the charity are eager to make strides off of it.

A stone’s throw from Ibrox stadium itself, this facility is in a prime location for both club and community use.

There’s a feeling that right now, the space isn’t filling it’s potential, but that with the injection of funds, this could soon be a quality facility available to be enjoyed by all.

This process has been in the pipeline since a proposal was submitted in June and it’s good to see it finally come to fruition.

It’s reported that the Charity will only need to pay £750 per year in rent to Glasgow Life under the terms of the agreed lease and that they will invest a whopping £250,000 into improvements, including the installation of a new pitch [Evening Times].

As a result of this move, the area will not be able to be used as a fan zone, but it should yield long-term benefits for the local area.

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