Foundation submits proposal to revitalise the Ibrox Community Complex
Wed 19th June 2019
The Rangers Charity Foundation has submitted a proposal to revitalise the Ibrox Community Complex.
At a meeting of the club’s Community Forum earlier this month (Tuesday 4th June), Rangers Charity Foundation Director, Connal Cochrane, outlined the proposal to representatives from local community councils and local City Councillors.
Speaking after the meeting, Connal Cochrane said: “The Community Forum meeting was a welcome opportunity to outline our hopes to revitalise the Ibrox Community Complex and how we would propose to significantly boost the use of the facility.
“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. 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.
“The Rangers Charity Foundation is in a strong position to animate a revitalised facility which can be enjoyed by all. 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.
“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.”
After the Community Forum meeting, Managing Director at Rangers Football Club, Stewart Robertson, added: “I was heartened with the reaction to the Rangers Charity Foundation’s investment and management proposal.
“Our Community Forum allows us to reach representatives from across the community, and importantly, to hear their views. Rangers Football Club is delighted to support the Foundation’s ambitions. A part of the proposal is the replacement of the dated and tired synthetic pitch at the Ibrox Community Complex. This investment and commitment will be underwritten by the club.
“The Foundation and the club enjoy an excellent working relationship with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and many other groups in our immediate community and beyond. Working together with these partners, we believe that appropriate levels of investment would secure a better future for the Ibrox Community Complex. The proposal outlines how the Foundation’s crucial work can be extended to reach more people and how a new pitch would allow greater and more frequent access to the Ibrox Community Complex.
“Should the Rangers Charity Foundation be successful with their proposal, Rangers Football Club would also provide the Foundation with appropriate departmental expertise, allowing them to ensure the optimal custodianship of the facility and its operations.”