We have just heard from the Scottish Charities Regulator that our application to set up a SCIO - a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation - has been successful.

Kinross Astro SCIO, as it will be known, will lease the land under the pitch from the KGV, it will own the pitch itself, and will be responsible for maintaining it and marketing it to users across the community, including the various sections of Kinross Hockey Club. In other words it will be completely separate from the hockey club itself, which will continue to be an unincorporated association.

More importantly, the new charity should find it easier to raise funds than the hockey club, so a number of approaches to major donors should happen in the coming weeks.

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