Neil Findlay MSP for Lothian has voiced his frustration at the SFA’s continued refusal to accept Bonnyrigg Rose FC’s application for full SFA membership.
The SFA made the decision to reject the club’s application because of a lack of floodlights at their home ground. This is despite significant investment at the club’s ground in recent times and the impending erection of new lights.
Full membership of the SFA would allow the club to progress through the senior ranks following a terrific season. However, the SFA has stopped this.
Writing to Bonnyrigg Rose this week, the SFA reaffirmed their position to reject granting the team full membership.
SFA Chief Executive, Ian Maxwell, also stated that no appeals process is in place.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“The SFA has made an appalling decision in rejecting Bonnyrigg Rose’s full membership. They could have been allowed to continue to grow, develop and encourage football development of young people within the community, instead their progress has been dealt a severe blow by the sports’ governing body. This is not just disappointing for the club, but also for the wider community.
“We must encourage grassroots football clubs to flourish here in Scotland. The SFA should immediately rethink this bad decision.