New sponsorship for East Lothian Girls Rugby Club

FCC Environment, which has been providing all food waste and recycling collections in East Lothian since May 2021, has scored some ‘bonus points’ when it comes to community commitment by announcing their sponsorship of the East Lothian Girls Rugby Club.

The match day kit for the team, which was formed in 2017 and is open to girls between the ages of 12 and 18, brings a much needed boost for the team.

FCC Environment, one of the UK’s leading resource and waste management business, took on responsibility for the collection of food waste and recycling from some 54,000 properties in East Lothian. But with the population expected to grow significantly over the length of the 8 year contract, FCC has a clear focus on driving up recycling rates and improving material quality in line with the Scottish Government’s Household Recycling Charter.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Economic Development and Tourism, Cllr John McMillan, said: “East Lothian Council is committed to providing greater sustainability within our local communities and the quality of materials presented by households across the county greatly supports the local circular economy through the reduction of waste to landfill. Another strong component of the circular economy is recognising local social needs and I welcome FCC Environment’s sponsorship of the East Lothian Girls Rugby Club as an example of business social responsibility and engagement with the communities they serve.”

FCC Environment Operations Director, Steve Longdon added: “as a business we are deeply invested in the community in East Lothian and we work hard to take care of our environment. But to be able to go over and above and support such a successful rugby team is great for us and we look forward to being able to cheer the girls on to ever greater success."

The East Lothian Girls Rugby Club was formed in 2017 as a result of a lack of secondary school girls’ rugby in the area. Many local and enthusiastic girls wanted to learn and play but the initially small numbers prevented the formation of a competitive team. The club though wanted to create an environment where these girls could come together to train and play.

Since starting in 2017, the club has now expanded from a few interested players to well over 30 now regularly training at Preston Lodge Rugby Pitch in Prestonpans between 6:30pm and 8:00pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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Published: Thursday, 11th May 2023