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Annan Athletic to become fan owned football club

Annan Athletic. Credit: ITV Border

Members of Annan Athletic football club have voted to pass full ownership of the club to the fans.

It will be converted to a Community Benefit Society, after 74 per cent of members voted in favour of the change.

Annan Athletic will now proceed with the legal process of becoming a 100 per cent fan-owned club.

When the process is complete, it will be democratically managed by its fan shareholders, operating a one-member-one-vote system.

The club says the move will also limit liability for the owners, and provide greater protection for the clubs' assets.

Annan Athletic have long been part of the community and this latest restructure will see the club further develop their links in aspects of the communities of Annan and the surrounding area with the aim of ‘inspiring active lives for all'.

Further announcements about how supporters and the community can join the club on this journey will be made shortly.

Annan Athletic are particularly indebted to Supporters Direct for their help and guidance in ensuring the club achieved this latest success.

– Annan Athletic Statement

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WATCH: Hawick rugby club appoint new head coach

Hawick Rugby Club have announced that Darren Cunningham will be their new Head Coach.

Cunningham has been in charge of Jedforest and Kelso in recent times, but replacing Nikki Walker at Hawick could be his biggest challenge yet.

Hawick's future in the Premiership league is uncertain, as they finished second from bottom this season.

They have to beat Edinburgh Accies in a play-off match on 29 April at Lasswade, to survive in the top flight of Scottish Club Rugby.

Cunningham told ITV Border of his pride at being given the Hawick job, and said he wants to make them a "dominant force" once again.

Carlisle captain leads England to victory over Scotland

Sgt Lee Brumpton Credit: Cumbria Police

A Cumbrian officer has led the England Police Rugby Union team to victory over their Scottish counterparts.

Sgt Lee Brumpton captained the side to an 14-10 victory, on 29 March 2017 at Lochinch Rugby Club in Glasgow.

He was joined by fellow Cumbrian PCs Stuart Graham and Fergus Ledingham, who were also in the match day squad of 23.

It was a really good competitive match played in great spirit.

What made the victory all the sweeter was that it was their first defeat in four years.

Everyone involved feels pride representing their country and their respective police force.

– Sgt Lee Brumpton

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Stuart Hogg named as best Six Nations player

Stuart Hogg Credit: PA

Rugby star Stuart Hogg has been named Six Nations player of year - for the second time in a row.

Hogg, who is from Hawick, received nearly a quarter of the votes in the public poll.

The honour crowns an excellent Six Nations for the 24-year-old full back who was showered with praise during the tournament with one pundit describing him as “the most dangerous attacking back in the northern hemisphere”.

Hogg, who plays his club rugby with Glasgow Warriors, was selected from a shortlist of 12 outstanding players.

Last year Hogg picked up the same award with over 30 per cent of the vote.

Special sausages made for Melrose Rugby Club

The sausages have been made in the team's colours. Credit: ITV Border

Players and staff at Melrose rugby club have been treated to a feast of black and yellow sausages, ahead of the famous Melrose Sevens tournament.

The sausages were produced by the local Scottish Women's Institute, and are made from black pudding and pineapple, in line with the team's colours.

Sevens is a really big deal here at Melrose and around Scotland and it's good, not just the community getting behind the sevens but the community getting behind the club as well.

– Russell Anderson, Melrose RFC
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