|Date of Issue:
21 March 2023
|In this week's Club Communications you'll find the latest news from Scottish Rugby Schools Week, a reminder of upcoming Youth competitions, and information on the Community Recognition Awards 2023. We also bring you important updates on the National Competition Rules consultation, plus changes to Rugby Development's senior leadership team.
|Scottish Rugby Schools Week supported by Saltire Energy
Last week, clubs and schools all over the country engaged in Scottish Rugby Schools Week supported by Saltire Energy with our sport reaching communities across the country from Ardrossan to Kirkwall, Elgin to Galashiels and many more locations in between!
We'd like to share a huge thank you to the schools, clubs, development officers, volunteers and teachers who all got involved, engaging 372 schools this year.
To find out more about Scottish Rugby Schools Week and its impact, click on the link below.
|National Youth & Regional Cup Finals
We have a busy weekend ahead of Youth Cup rugby as the first of our Regional Cup Finals are played out, followed by the National Youth Cup event at BT Murrayfield.
To find out more about the Regional Cup action coming up this weekend and later this Spring, click on the link below. Very best of luck to everyone involved!
There is still time to register for this weekend's National Youth Cup Finals event at BT Murrayfield. All tickets are free and when selecting a ticket type, please select the team you are affiliated with or a General Admission ticket.
For more information and tickets, click on the link below.
|National Competition Rules
Rugby Development wish to share information on the Postcode Lottery Trust funding, which may be of interest to your club, where constituted groups and charities can apply for project costs and unrestricted funding of up to £2,500 and £25,000, respectively.
Funding themes and guidance can be found HERE.
Round 1 of the fund opens on the Monday 3 April, for a minimum period of 24 hours.
Eligable groups may apply to the fund twice over the year, with the next funding windows in July and October.
Scottish Rugby are taking comments and suggestions in respect of Scottish Rugby’s National Competition Rules (NCRs) to be used in season 2023/24.
The updated Disciplinary Rules will replace the current version, which can be viewed HERE.
In their response consultees are asked to:
- Provide details of any change(s) being proposed (including draft wording where appropriate)
- Indicate the reason(s) why the change is being proposed; and
- Provide the name, contact details and capacity within the game of the person proposing the change.
Responses should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 noon on Monday 27 March.
|Community Recognition Awards
This week, Scottish Rugby is announcing the winners of the 2023 Community Recognition Awards!
The Community Recognition Awards is Scottish Rugby’s annual domestic game awards programme, focusing on the on and off-field efforts of clubs and schools across Scotland over the course of the season.
Awards winners were announced for six categories including:
So far, the winners for Glasgow South and East have been announced with the other three regions set to be confirmed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Read more about our award winners from Glasgow South and East, below.
|Glasgow Warriors: SP Energy Networks Community Hero Award
The SP Energy Networks Community Hero Award in memory of Jim Taylor MBE is now open for nominations.
Anyone can put forward their own Community Hero for recognition by 10am on Friday 24 March. All nominations will be judged by representatives from Glasgow Warriors, with the winner announced at this year’s annual Awards Dinner, sponsored by The Malcolm Group. The dinner is at Hilton Glasgow on Sunday 23 April.
Nominees must represent a rugby club in the Glasgow Warriors catchment area to be eligible for the award; this can be as a coach, a player, a volunteer, a member or a specific team within the wider club.
The Glasgow Warriors catchment area includes all clubs and teams in the Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire and Caledonia regions.
|Fond farewell to Ken Muir, Head of Business Operations
Ken Muir, Head of Rugby Development Business Operations, will be leaving Scottish Rugby next week to head off for a well-earned retirement.
Ken joined Scottish in September 2018 as part of the restructuring of Domestic Rugby to what is now Rugby Development.
He has most recently overseen the management of competitions & compliance, business intelligence and the regional administration teams and has previously been involved in a wide range of projects across the community game, including oversight of the covid crisis management plan to support our clubs as they navigated the challenges of the pandemic.
We hope you will join us in wishing Ken well for the future and thaking him for his fantastic work over the years.
We are pleased to confirm that Steve Turnbull, current Regional Director for Caledonia Midlands, will take over the Head of Rugby Development Business Operations role.
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