Extra support for grassroots rugby
Grassroots rugby projects and clubs in Scotland are to benefit from a £100,000 cash boost announced today by Scottish Rugby which includes the first cash from the sale of alcohol at Murrayfield.
Almost a year to the day of alcohol making a reappearance at an international rugby match at Murrayfield, Mr MacAskill visited the Lismore Rugby Club, Edinburgh, to find out how they're planning on putting the extra money to good use.
Mr MacAskill said:
"When the Scotland team took to the pitch against Romania, we saw alcohol being sold during international matches for the first time in over thirty years.
"The trust we put in fans to behave themselves and drink responsibly has been vindicated. We know it's not the drink but how we have been drinking it and this helps to show that there can be a change for the better in attitudes to alcohol.
"More over Scottish Rugby's commitment to deliver for the grassroots using the profit is also paying off. Grassroots rugby projects and clubs such as Lismore will now reap the benefits as these revenues along with increased club participation monies from Scottish Rugby are poured back into the game.
"This extra money is invested through Scottish Rugby's participation agreement to every club competing in the Scottish Hydro Electric League and Cup competitions.
"It is designed to assist clubs, no matter where they are, run teams in these competitions and it's fantastic to see clubs big and small being recognised for the part they play in providing opportunities for young adults throughout the country.
"Our Cashback for Communities scheme will also use money seized from serious organised criminals to assist Scottish Rugby and its member clubs to provide free coaching and playing activities for over 32,000 young people.
"I hope that the combination of the profits from alcohol, and cash back from criminals, can help give many young people healthier, more active lifestyles and perhaps uncover the Scotland stars of the future."