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2013 Summer Rugby Camps - there will be several rugby summer camps for P4-S2 pupils throughout Moray as follows:
Wednesday 30th July - Moray RFC, 10am-3pm - £10
Thursday 31st July - Keith Grammar School, 10am-3pm -£10
Thursday 1st August - Kinloss RFC, 10am-3pm, £10
Friday 2nd August - Buckie High school, 10am-3pm, £10
Monday 5th August - Milne's High School, 10am-3pm, £10
Tuesday 6th August - Lossiemouth High School, 10am-3pm, £10
Wednesday 7th August, Speyside High school, 10am-3pm, £10
Glasgow Warriors Rugby Pro players camp - Thursday 8th August at Moray RFC from 10am-3pm for P1-S6 pupils, £15.
Email for an applicatuion form.

BREWIN & DOLPHIN U16 GRAMPIAN Bowl Final Result: Elgin Schools 55, Meldrum Academy 5.
Tuesday 12 March 2013 - KO 2pm at Moray RFC. This knockout competition is between schools in the North of Scotland including teams throughout  Aberdeenshire and Moray. Meldrum kicked off to Elgin Schools who immediately took the game to the visitors with surging runs from several dominant forwards to score 5 tries and 3 conversions, 31 unanswered points to nil at half-time. With Meldrum playing down the hill and with a slight breeze advantage in the second half, the next score would be crutial. Elgin scored it within minutes of the restart and went on to score 3 further tries and 2 conversions before Meldrum got the cosilation try in the corner. Many congratulations to Pete Kelly's Elgin Schools team - 2013 Grampian Bowl U16 Champions. 

RBS Caledonia North Regional Bowl Final Result: Moray RFC 9, Kinloss Eagles RFC 21.

RBS Caledonia North Regional Bowl Final on Saturday 23 February 2013 - KO 3pm at Moray RFC. This knockout competition is between regional clubs in the North of Scotland including teams in Aberdeenshire, Moray, Highlands & Islands.This years final is between 2 Moray Clubs, Moray RFC v Kinloss Eagles RFC. The road to the final for Moray has been as follows; Grampian Police RFC (A) 7-66, Aberdeen Uni RFC (A) 20-28 & Sheltand RFC (A) 12-20. Kinloss Eagles played one more match, starting in the preliminary rounds as follows; Deeside RFC (H) 51-0, Garioch RFC (A) 10-36, Ross Sutherland RFC (A) 5-38 & Aberdeen Uni Medics (A) 15-19. The game on Saturday is sure to be a great local derby, the first between the two clubs.

For local fixtures, see the SRU website/fixtures and results/clubs, schools & uni's/RBS Caledonia League Division 2A North for Moray RFC & RAF Lossiemouth RFC/Division 3 North for Kinloss Eagles RFC.

Secondary School Rugby Festivals, Fixtures And Dates For Your Diary - Season 2012/13

There are several Rugby Champions within Moray Secondary schools: Pete Kelly at Elgin Academy, Susan Shanks at Elgin High School, Ivan Scott at Lossiemouth High School and Scott Fraser at Forres Academy. Elaine Macrae takes the girls rugby at Elgin Academy.
Secondary School Festivals: All Moray Schools are invited -  Elgin High, Elgin Academy, Forres Academy, Lossiemouth High, Buckie High, Keith Grammar, Milne's High & Speyside High.

Date Age Group Venue Time Aim Attendance/Result
Wednesday 1st May 2013 S1/2 10 aside Festival Aberdeen GFP's 4pm Grampian Festival Teams from: Forres, Lossiemouth, Milne's & BHS.
Wednesday 17th April 2013 S3/4 & S5/6 & girls Garioch RFC 2pm Grampian Schools 7's S5/6 team from Speyside, S3/4 teams from Forres & Milne's. Forres won the Shield.
Thursday 12th March 2013 Elgin Schools U16 Moray RFC 1pm Grampian B&D Bowl Final Won 55-5 v meldrum Academy
Wednesday 6th March 2013

S1/2 Festival & Girls

Garioch RFC 2pm Grampian Schools Festival Teams from ES, Lossiemouth, Milne's, BHS.
Wednesday 27th February 2013 S1 Festival Milne's High School 3pm S1 Moray Cup Between Milne's, EH,EA & Lossie.  
Thursday 21st February 2013 Elgin Schools U16 v Mmeldrum Academy Moray RFC 2pm Grampian B&D Bowl Final. Cancelled, frozen pitch.
Wednesday 16th January 2013 S1 Festival Milne's High TBC S1 Moray Cup Between Milne's, EH & EA. Cancelled, frozen pitch.
Wednesday 19th December 2012 Elgin Schools U16 v Mclaren High School McLaren High School 2pm KO National Bowl QF. Lost 22-14
Wednesday 28th November 2012 All S5/6 teams & girls Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 2-4pm S5/6 - Interschool Moray Cup Competition**. Cancelled, only Speyside High School entered a team
Wednesday 21st November 2012 All S3/4 teams & girls Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 2-4pm S3/4 - Interschool Moray Cup Competition**. 2 schools, 4 x7's teams Lossie & Elgin Academy - Lossie won.
Wednesday 21st November 2012 Moray Schools U18 v Westhill Academy Westhill sports Centre Rugby Pitch 2.30pm KO Brewin & Dolphin U18 Grampian Bowl Final Lost 66-5
Wednesday 14th November 2012 All S1/2 teams & girls Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 2-4pm Moray S1/2 Interschool Moray Cup Competition**. Cancelled, only BHS entered a team.
Thursday 8th November 2012 U16 Elgin Schools v Gordonstoun Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 3pm Local Match. Elgin Schools 36 Gordonstoun 38
Wednesday 7th November 2012 U18 Moray Schools v Inverurie Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 2pm KO TBC Brewin & Dolphin Cup Match. Conceeded by Inverurie.
Wednesday 7th November 2012 U16 Elgin Schools v kemnay Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 2pm KO TBC Brewin & Dolphin S-Final Cup Match. Kemnay conceeded, Elgin Schools into Final.
Wednesday 10th October 2012 U18 Elgin Schools v Inverurie High School Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 4.30pm KO Brewin & Dolphin Cup Match. Cancelled by Inverurie high School.
Thursday 4th October 2012 U16 Elgin Schools** v Banff High School, Quarter-Final Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 3pm KO Brewin & Dolphin Cup Match. EA/EH team, Won 71-0. Now in Semi-Final
Wednesday 19th September 2012 All S1/2 teams & girls Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 4-6pm S1/2 Festival 12 Players
Monday 17th September 2012 U16 Moray Schools** v Banff High School Banff High School 4pm KO Brewin & Dolphin Cup Match. Combined team from BHS/Milne's. Lost 45-12
Wednesday 5th September 2012 All S3/4 & S5/6 players & girls Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 4-6pm Brewin & Dolphin Cup team trials U16/U18 33 Players

Moray Primary School Rugby Festivals Planned So Far And Dates For Your Diary - Season 2012/13

Date Area Age Group Venue Time Aim
TBC Aug/Sep 2013 - Carol. All 8 Speyside Primary schools. All P7 boys & girls*. Speyside High 10am-12pm HHEAPS course available to all P4/5, P7 festival, afterschool club at Speyside with Toni Taylor.
TBC Aug/Sep 2013 - Pamela. All 6 Keith Primary Schools. All P7 boys & girls*. Keith Grammar 10am-12pm HHEAPS course available to all P5/6, P7 festival.
25th May 2013 - Kevin. Milne's Primary Schools. All P7 boys & girls*. Milne's PS 9.30am

P4-7 touch rugby festival for Lhanbryde, Milne's, Mosstodloch & invite Aberlour.
6 teams attended, 65 kids, won by Milne's PS.

25th May 2013 - Kevin. All Lossiemouth Primary Schools. All P7 boys & girls*. Milne's PS 9.30am P4-7 touch rugby festival for Burghead, Hythehill, St Gerardine schools.
St Gerardines & Hythehill attended.
Saturday 16th March 2013 - Roy/Laura & Anna All 8 Elgin Primary Schools. All P4-7 boys & girls*. Morriston Playing Fields Elgin 9.30-11.30 am

HHEAPS course available to all P5/6, P7 festival & to initiate rugby in all 8 Elgin Primary Schools.

61 pupils attended from all 8 schools.

Wednesday 3rd October 2012 - Rosalyn/Paul/Kevin. All 8 Forres Primary Schools plus Burghead & Hopeman TBC. All P7 boys & girls*. Kinloss Eagles Rugby Club TBC 10am-12pm P7 festival & to initiate rugby in forres Schools, HHEAPS course available to all P5/6 7 afterschool club TBC

111 Pupils attended from Applegrove, Andersons, Dyke & Kinloss Schools.
Wednesday 12th September 2012 - Hein All 8 Buckie primary Schools. All P7 boys & girls*. Buckie High School Playing Fields 10am-12pm

Every Thursday 4-5pm
P7 Festival & to initiate rugby in Buckie Primary Schools, Afterschool every Thursday from 20th September with Hein at High School Pitches. HHEAPS available to all P5/6 schools- book with George.

163 Pupils from all 8 Schools

Summer Touch Rugby League
Moray RFC Stay on top!

Thursday 15th July saw the final round of the first Moray Rugby Development Summer Touch League. With the bad weather clearing in the evening and the sun even threatening to shine the teams ran out for the last time.

Although some good pressure from all the teams, especially the fochabers old boar's - who seamed to get younger with age - Moray RFC and Guests managed to keep the lead, allowing club captain Marc Higgins to lift the League Shield with an unbeaten record.

League Table After The Final Week

Team Played Won Draw  Lost Points
Moray RFC and Guests 12 12 0 0 60
Fochabers Old Boar's 12 5 2 5 36
Gordon and McFail 12 3 1 8 26
The Care ♥ Bears 12 2 1 9 22

A special mention must go to the Care ♥ Bears who as well as taking home the wooden spoon won the best dressed team award as the only team to take part in the "optional" fancy dress - Well done lads!

For more information on rugby in Moray Please Contact
Rugby Development officer, James Sloggie on 01343 557147 or


Moray Rugby Benefits From The Mars Refuel Drink Fund

Moray Rugby Development is celebrating after receiving a £500 donation from the MARS Refuel Drink Fund.

Moray Rugby Development aims to develop Rugby in the Moray area. Key aspectsinclude increasing player numbers of all ages, increasing volunteers and through training increase the qualifications and skill levels of individuals within clubs (players and non-players).

The donation from the MARS Refuel Drink Fund will go towards creating amongst other things the first summer rugby league in Moray. Along with teams from local businesses and organisations the areas four rugby clubs, Moray RFC, Buckie RFC, RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Kinloss, will compete in the four week long summer league at the end of June.

James Sloggie, Rugby Development Officer, explains: “The donation from the MARS Refuel Drink Fund is a real boost to keep Moray’s rugby clubs playing for longer and competing for the first time over the summer months.

“One of our aims along with Junior summer camps was to hold a summer league for senior players. The funding means we will be able to pay for equipment, first aid and of course a trophy. As a result the Moray rugby summer league can become a reality!”

For more information on rugby in Moray please contact Development officer, James Sloggie on 01343 557147 or

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Victory For Lossie Crowns A Brilliant Season

RAF Lossiemouth were emphatic winners in the RAF Inter-station Cup Final last Wednesday (5 May) beating RAF Odiham 40 - 12. The final, held at RAF Halton, Bucks. was a fitting culmination to what has been the club’s best season in a decade.
Confidence was high throughout the club as a number of players have also been involved in higher level representative rugby. The airmen had played a combined RAF Cottesmore/Wittering side in the RAF Cup semi-final, winning in a high scoring and entertaining fixture. Thus, Lossie travelled south with a quiet confidence and an awareness of what was required to finish the season on a high.

Lossie had the majority of the opening 10 minutes of the game launching wave after wave against the Odiham line. Not for the first time this season, the Lossie pack proved to be bigger and more dominant than their opponents with Robbie Little, playing from the 2nd row, getting the first score of the game. However, Odiham were not going to lie down and they swiftly retaliated. Lossie made a mistake from the subsequent restart and Odiham launched a sequence of attacks. An error in defence coupled with a lucky bounce allowed the Odiham centre to go in under the posts. Lossie’s response was immediate. They dominated possesion and fly-half Stu Dawson varied play sensibly between utilising the forwards and spinning the ball wide. This allowed 2 more tries to be scored before half-time. Odiham sneaked another try, capitalising on a dog-leg defence and some unusually weak tackling from the airmen. Half-time score 19-12 to Lossie.

The 2nd half saw RAF Lossiemouth really turn the screw. A relentless Lossie attack saw the airmen stretch their lead. However, Lossie were lacking the killer instinct that they have possessed for much of this season with numerous chances going begging. The last pass would just not stick. Credit must go to Odiham who refused to lie down and kept up their resolute defence. The dominance of the Lossie team across the park really started to tell. Man-of-the-match Dawson linked well with centres George Haywood and Chris Clarke, running amock in midfield. “Irish” Rutherford playing on the wing was able to pick some beautiful angles off the centres and scored a beautiful try in the corner. Mixing the play again allowed Lossiemouth to vary the point of attack - captain Gav Emerson (2 tries) and Robbie Little again also went over for further tries. The final whistle went and Lossiemouth had won the RAF Cup for only the 2nd time in their history. Final score 40-12.

The fixture marked the end of long and outstanding careers for Lossiemouth stalwarts - scrun half - Dave “Coops” Cooper, prop - Neil “Snorbs” Boyd and flanker - Bryn Williams. Coops & Snorbs have been integral to RAF Lossiemouth RFC over the last 10-15 years and were the 2 remaining players from the 1998 RAF Cup winning side. Their absence on the pitch next year will be massive but it is a challenge for the club’s younger players to stand up and prove themselves.
This season has seen Lossie crowned SRU Caledonia 2 NW Champions & RAF Inter-Station Champions. The team suffered only 3 defeats all season ( Orkney in the SRU Regional Bowl and 2 fixtures against Gairoch in the promotion play-offs). Lossiemouth also supplied 13 of the 15 players who lost in the RAF Divisional tournament back in November. Back-row forward Rob Little has gained his first senior RAF cap (playing against the Navy) and Dave Cooper represented the RAF Vets in both inter-services fixtures. The 2009/10 side will be remembered as the best side of recent times - and probably the best side since the RAF Cup winning side of 1998.


Elgin Tag Festival

After a weeks delay due to the weather Elgin Primary Schools P4/5 took to the feild last Friday (5th march) to play their now to be annual tag rugby festival.

After a 6 week coaching block in tag rugby all schools tacking part were invited to attend the event at Morriston Park. The day was based on fun and participation with schools being awarded points for fair play and team work.

Of the 8 schools (10 teams) that attended New Elgin Primary came out top, with Mosstowie runners up, and the two Bishopmill teams taking 3rd and 4th place.

Active Schools Co-Ordinator commented, "The first Elgin Primary Schools Rugby festival was a great success. Thanks to the hard work of James, all the teams were well prepared for the festival and the Rugby produced was of a high standard. Positive feedback was received from everyone including school staff, parents and pupils. It's exactly the type of project that Active Schools are delighted to be involved with and we hope this can become an annual event in Elgin."

Rugby Development Office, James Sloggie commented, "Once again we have seen some fantastic rugby and team work from the boys and girls that have been involved in the both the training and the festival. We are positive events like this will help to strengthen the local teams and promote rugby in Moray."

For more information on rugby in Moray please contact Development officer, James Sloggie on 01343 557147 or


Buckie "Rugby Road Show"

Last week pupils at Buckie High school had the chance to try out their rugby skills in a new partnership between Active Schools and Moray Rugby Development.

Lunch time on the 4th of October saw a rugby assault course set up in the high schools social area. Participants (teachers and pupils) were challanged to hit targets with rugby balls and move equipment as well as being tested on their leg power and agility.

Over the hour, time's through the assault course were recorded. At the end of the session prizes were awared to the top ten times on the board - balls, tshirts, caps and boot bags all being given away.
As well as promoting local rugby clubs this session was aimed at promoting a new after school rugby club being run by rugby developmet officer James Sloggie and Buckie Rugby Club. This will run on mondays from 3:45pm - 4:45pm. all abilities S1 - S3 welcome.

 Sloggie commented "The Rugby Road show is something that has been discussed with the clubs to promote rugby in the area. After a while in the pipe line i am delighted to see so many people involved on the day and enjoying some experience of rugby skills. I hope this will encourage people to join both the local rugby clubs and the new after school club."

Both active Schools and Moray Rugby Development are currently in talks with other Moray High Schools to take the rugby road show to your school - look out for information coming soon!

For more information on rugby in Moray please contact Development officer, James Sloggie on 01343 557147 or
Active Schools, Tim Walters on 07527 387521 or

Course Price Changes

after Scottish Rugbys review of coaching courses we are pleased to announce the new prices for coaching courses.

Foundation - Free
UKCC Level 1 - £30
UKCC Level 2 - £50
UKCC Level 3 - £50

Speed and Agility - Free
Weightlifting - £75
Weightlifting and Plyometrics - £150

Moray Rugby Development maybe be able to help pay for your coaching qualifications if you are involved in coaching at a club based in Moray.

For more information please contact Development officer, James Sloggie on 01343 557147 or

Big step Forward For Rugby In Forres

The 5th of February was a positive day for rugby in Moray on two counts. The first was the return of International rugby to the Highlands as Scotland U20 took on France U20 at Caley Stadium, Inverness. A hard fought game saw an 8 all draw.

The Second saw Forres Academy field Their first full competitive rugby squad at the pre match festival at Highland RFC. The S1/2 team played four games.

After a shaky start against Orkney B loosing 10 - 0 the Forres boys upped the pressure to put a draw against a very physical Culloden Academy, final score Forres 10 - 10 Culloden. Toby Jefferies going in for he first two try's of the afternoon.

Next round saw Tain dispatched. Final score - Forres 35 - 0 Tain. try's coming from, Alan Ironside (2), Fraser Scott, Kamil Szczot, Matthew Yorkshades, Gillies Munro and Gordon Kelly.

The Final game saw the academy boys run out against what can only be described as a monster Orkney A. In a tremendous game of rugby that was dominated by huge tackles, powerful running and superb defense from both sides Toby Jefferies and Fraser Scott ran in two well worked try's to give Forres 10 points on the board. Final score, Forres 10 - 10 Orkney.

Forres Squad:

1 – Adam Gillick
2 – Gordon Kelly
3 – Kamil Szczot
4 – Gillies Munro
5 – Scott Black
6 – Duncan Martin
7 – Toby Jefferies
8 – James Bell
9 – Alan Ironside
10 – Fraser Scott
11 – Harry Hurst
12 – Matthew Yorkshades

*Players player of the festival - Fraser Scott

**Special mention for Fraser Scott, Scott Black, Adam Gillick, Kamil Szczot, and Alan Ironside who had never played a rugby match before the festival.

Rugby development office James Sloggie commented "I couldn't be prouder of the boys who attended the festival. They put a huge effort in on the pitch and couldn't have represented the area better off it"
"Special Thanks must also go to Mr Wylie who has given allot of his own time to give the boys the chance to play."

For more information on rugby in Moray please contact Development officer, James Sloggie on 01343 557147 or

Fair Play Hopeman

On the back of Scotland’s famous defeat of Australia on the 26th of November 2009 Moray saw the inaugural Kinloss Kestrels Primary Schools Festival. With the help of Moray’s active schools team and Rugby development officer James Sloggie, eight teams from six schools took part in this new annual event.

Kinloss, Alves, Pilmuir, Andersons, Burghead and Hopeman primary schools all received block’s of coaching during the build up to the festival. These sessions were run during school time by the local development officer and coaches from Kinloss rugby club.

Sloggie commented “our focus is to get as many people experiencing, playing and enjoying rugby within the schools and the clubs in Moray”.

The Kinloss event was played on a fair play system where each team, made up of 5 boys and 5 girls, receives points for team work, good conduct and sportsmanship. This ensures all teams have an equal chance of winning.

In very wet conditions everyone involved showed great individual and team skills. The level of sportsmanship throughout the day also helped to showcase rugby in a hugely positive light.

Active Schools Coordinator Kevin Collins added "Through this event we have formed a number of new links between Kinloss Kestrels and the Primary Schools in the surrounding area. We hope that these links will be strengthened further in the coming years to ensure a bright future for schools rugby and a steady stream of new players for the Kestrels."

At the end of the event the top 3 teams were awarded gifts from Scottish Rugby with overall winners Hopman being awarded the fair play trophy from Kinloss Kestrels coach James Henderson.

Sloggie added “We are positive that this will have a good impact on rugby in Moray but specifically at Kinloss Kestrels – there is some real talent out there”

    For further information on local rugby clubs or training times please visit www.rugbyscotland .org or contact James Sloggie on 01343 557147 or 


School Rugby Enjoys Astroturf

Last night (Monday 16th November) saw rugby on the Milnes high astroturf for the first time since its completion.
Boys, girls and some brave parents from Milnes Primary, Gordonstoun's Aberlour House and Mosstodloch Primary all braved the wet, cold and windy November evening to play games of tag rugby at the high school facility.

The aim of the evening was to give all the players a run out and start to build links between the schools that currently run junior rugby teams.

All of the players played 4 games of touch rugby lasting 12 minutes each. All displaying some excellent individual and team skills In which were all close fought games many of them ending in draws.
We are hoping to run another event like this before the end of the school term - details will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Well done to everyone who braved the weather and played some great rugby last night


Budding Stars Impress In Buckie

Moray's budding rugby stars had a chance to run out at Buckle rugby festival last week (6th Oct 2009). Boys and Girls teams from Portgordon, Portessie, Buckie's Millbank, Mosstodloch and Milnes all headed to Linzee Gordon Park.

They played seven aside touch rugby with 3 subs each. All matches lasted 12 minutes with the top two teams from the mini leagues competing in the final.
Active Schools co-ordinator Kevin Collins one of the organisers, was impressed by how well the girls took to the sport. "They were more competitive than the boys" he said. "People think girls aren't into rugby but that's not the case."

Moray's rugby development officer, James Sloggie said: "I usually find that, especially in primary schools girls are better at rugby than boys, i think its part of their development process, they put things together better"

The girls tournament was won by Mosstodloch, who beat Milne's by six tries to three. Milne's triumphed in the boys contest but only after an extremely tough final against Millbank. After 12 minutes both sides managed to put a try on the board, meaning the game went into extra time.
After the regulation three minutes the stalemate re-mained sending the game into a 'first score' sudden-death period. Both teams held out for four minutes before Miles finally broke through Millbanks defense to score the winning try.

Sloggie who refereed the final was impressed by the boys efforts describing it as "one of the best games of touch I've seen"

All the schools had four weeks of coaching Building up to the tournament. The aim of the tournament and training was to encourage youngsters to take up the sport. "Rugby has the potential to be huge in Moray, theres a lot of real talent out there." added Sloggie.

Cashback for Communities’ invests in Scottish Rugby’s Club Development Officer Network
Back in April 2008 it was announced that the Scottish Government had enlisted the services of Scottish Rugby to deliver free playing and coaching opportunities to more young Scots in areas of urban and rural deprivation. In recognition of the impact that jointly-funded Rugby Club Development Officers (D.O.’s) have made on numbers playing rugby in schools and clubs, the ‘Cashback for Communities’ initiative will invest £1.4 million over 3 years into the D.O. network. This funding will help secure new and sustain existing D.O. posts, and to provide them with the resources necessary to deliver new programmes such as Street Rugby and the Youth Coaching Course.

Scottish Rugby is committed to delivering free rugby activities to a total of 32,000 young Scots across all 32 Local Authorities by 2011, and to do so through 4 key strands delivered by the expanded D.O. network.

1. School Rugby

An expanded primary and secondary schools rugby programme started in earnest in August 2008 with over 50 development officers delivering quality sessions on a regular basis. There are now 70 development officers in place and, by July 2009, over 900 primary and 250 secondary schools had received regular coaching and support. With over 100,000 individual children taking part so far, interest and participation in rugby should continue to increase in schools and clubs. An increasing number of these sessions are being delivered in schools in and around areas of deprivation, so we are well on the way to exceeding our ‘Cashback’ targets.

2. Club Development

The growing network of rugby club D.O.’s continue to provide an essential link or pathway from schools and community programmes into their clubs; essential support to new and existing volunteers; and help create structures for growing participation in all areas of club rugby. The Regional Development Managers are continuing to develop new partnerships with clubs and other local bodies.

3. Volunteer development

Young people are not only potential players, but may also play a valuable part in rugby as coaches, referees and in other volunteer roles. The ‘Cashback’ funding has allowed Scottish Rugby to develop and publish the Youth Coaching Course which will see over 1500 young people (by 2011) work through a free training programme over a number of weeks. This will include classroom-based and practical elements culminating in completion of the Foundation award in coaching, and their deployment into roles where they can manage/assist and possibly lead coaching sessions in their clubs, schools or communities.

Youth Coaching Course Workbook

Our thanks go to Perthshire RFC who played a key role in developing and piloting the course and all those who supported the development of the resources. Further information on planned courses can be found at:

4. Street Rugby

Rugby…Coming to a Street Near You!

The final strand is the development of a non-contact and portable version of rugby that can be packaged up and taken into new communities over a number of weeks. Street Rugby is simple enough to be set up in school playgrounds, local games areas, or even a car park or street corner. As well as taking rugby to young people who are unlikely to participate in structured school/club rugby, it provides them with an informal and fun activity that can divert them away from low level crime or anti social behaviour in their community. The aim is to deliver Street Rugby in 70 locations across Scotland in year 1, building skill levels so that local mini leagues or tournaments can be organised. Resources and equipment are now in place across Scotland; and pilots have been delivered in East Ayrshire, Glasgow (East), Clackmannanshire and Hawick. The National programme is currently being rolled out as target venues and times are agreed with local experts. Details may be found at:

A video of Street Rugby in Glasgow can be found at:

The ‘Cashback for Communities’ investment is crucial for sustaining the growing development network in Scotland, increasing participation, and taking rugby to new audiences in their communities. Detailed targets have been set for every strand of the initiative and progress towards them is monitored on a monthly basis with the Scottish Government. We are fully committed to exceeding those targets and working with our counterparts in the SFA, Basketballscotland and Scottish Sports Futures in helping make ‘Cashback’ a great success. This represents the start of what we hope will be a successful and mutually beneficial relationship with the Scottish Government in the longer term.

Our thanks go to those clubs, volunteers, D.O.’s and local partners who have supported the roll-out of the programme so far.

For more information on the ‘Cashback’ programme, please contact Neil Carrie at


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