SPORTS clubs across the Wee County will now be entitled to 100 per cent non domestic rates (NDR) relief.

During the most recent council meeting, it was agreed to introduce full NDR relief, rising from the 80 per cent NDR relief that is in place now.

Qualifying amateur sports clubs in the area - those who currently have premises with a rateable value of more than £12,000 - will be entitled to 100 per cent NDR relief.

Councillor Scott Harrison, spokesperson for sports, leisure and active living, said: “I am delighted council has agreed to this new policy which will benefit a number of clubs in our area.

“Amateur sport clubs are a key part of our communities, offering so much more than sporting activity, and it is only right we try to support their work in any way we can.

“They are places where people can improve their fitness and enjoy either taking part in sport or spectating, but they are also hubs where people can meet up with friends during sporting activities or at social occasions which is so important to mental health and wellbeing.

“Officers will now be getting in touch with the clubs involved to help them through this policy change and to support them to continue to provide activities which enhance health and wellbeing in line with the council’s sport and active living framework.”

The increase in the NDR relief will bring Clackmannanshire in line with neighbouring local authorities Stirling and Falkirk and will seek to help a number of bowling, golf and rugby clubs.

It is hoped that this new policy will assist these clubs, who may have been negatively impact by changes to the small business bonus scheme.

This increase and new policy is estimated to cost the council £5,123 this year, which includes back payments to November 2022.