Business Development Manager

Business Development Manager

Stewart’s Melville RFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Lindsey Geddes to the newly created post of Business Development Manager.

Lindsey has a long association with rugby through her previous employment for the last 12 years at Edinburgh Rugby.

Colin Rigby commented that Lindsey will form an integral part of the machine at Stewart’s Melville RFC in helping to drive revenues across the club and by providing a professional approach to recruitment of sponsors, publicising events and increasing membership.

We especially look forward to Lindsey’s input coming from a professional sporting environment; this appointment highlights the ambition of the club going forward.

Stewart’s Melville RFC were delighted to be one of the chosen clubs who successfully received funding from the Club Sustainability Fund, which was created through the wide-reaching sponsorship investment in Scottish Rugby by BT, and announced in November 2014.

Colin Rigby, Chairman Stewart’s Melville RFC Limited, said: “This funding is of paramount importance to clubs like Stewart’s Melville RFC as we seek to embrace the changing landscape of club rugby and its requirements in Scotland. No longer are sponsors just willing to hand cash over and be treated like donors, they too now want to receive results not just on the pitch but also off the pitch and the opportunities that being associated with rugby can bring. The creation of a Business Development Manager post at Stewart’s Melville RFC will allow the club to create various income generation initiatives whilst promoting not only the club, but Scottish Rugby at both local and National level.”

Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Mark Dodson said: “From the outset we were clear the BT sponsorship investment would help us significantly improve the infrastructure of rugby in Scotland.”

“I am delighted we can reward clubs with ambition to help create positive rugby experiences at a local level. This investment across a range of major projects will enable them to improve facilities for club members and local communities and independently generate more business to reinvest in the game.”

“The health of rugby at grassroots is paramount to the growth and success of the sport and we would encourage all clubs to make the most of this opportunity, get involved, and benefit from the Fund.”

Ian Rankin, President of Scottish Rugby said: “The Club Sustainability Fund enables us to give us a significant, and sustained, boost to club rugby in Scotland. Many clubs are central to their local community and by backing these improvement projects we hope it will encourage more players and more support in the years to come.”

“With the 2015 Rugby World Cup on the horizon we are encouraging clubs to open their doors and engage with their communities to showcase our sport with a long term view they can become the players, volunteers and supporters of the future. Improving facilities will no doubt ensure everyone has a positive experience of rugby.”

Bill McNie

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