1st XV v Lasswade (away) - Saturday 21st October, kick-off 3pm
GOLD CLUB LUNCH – INFO FOR INVESTORS
Written by Graeme Hannah
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Kirkcaldy rugby club has recently made a conscious effort to invest in its youth rugby players, boys and girls. As a club with limited resources, buying players in to play is not really an option, however improving our youth numbers and developing our own youth players is an option. It is also a way of improving the clubs profile in the local community; these children have parents, siblings and friends who we also want close to our club. This club, our club, I believe, is all about community, youth and rugby.
Four years ago we became involved with the Modern Apprentice scheme; we employed Curtis Hollingworth and engaged with all the local primary schools and high schools, introducing rugby to boys and girls alike. Last year we managed to employ Curtis as a full time Rugby Development coach working primarily at Balwearie High School, there he started an S1/2 team and also ran a course where S5/6 pupils were taught rugby coaching, refereeing and strength and conditioning as part of their curriculum. Following last year’s success, this year he has individual S1 and S2 school teams and an u15/16 school team. We also this year have another modern apprentice Greg Stewart running rugby at the Balwearie High School feeder primary schools.
Curtis also runs rugby camps for the club during the Easter, summer and October holidays, these are becoming more popular with each one he does.
The club has also recently, with help from Curtis, started an u15 and u18 girl’s side, this may be a slow burn just now, but I am sure it will grow arms and legs like the youth and wee blues sections have.
Thanks also to the success we have had with Curtis, with his Gold club support, the SRU have seen fit to offer a little investment to the club and the School of Rugby we now run within Balwearie High Schools curriculum. In the School of Rugby children we have earmarked in primary 7 are encouraged, with their parents consent, to choose rugby as their sport at Balwearie High school, here they learn about rugby, training, strength and conditioning, fitness and diet. Importantly they are taught the strong values that rugby brings.
The club also runs its own Rugby Academy for boys and girls; here senior coaches look at our current senior teams and flag positions where we may be short of players in the future. We then work to develop our own replacements for the older players. Corgi George and Quinny are heavily involved in this. This has also proved popular and successful.
I hope you now see how the clubs vision for its Youth rugby, with investment from the Gold Club benefits every team and member of our Kirkcaldy rugby club. This should ultimately lead to a strong Zingari side. But please don’t mention Zingari to the youth parents t, we want to encourage them and not dissuade them.
The consequence of this time and investment is that we have a very strong Micro rugby section; these are boys and girls under 5 learning rugby skills. The wee blues took over 50 players to Glenrothes two weeks ago, we have individual teams at all primary school age groups, last year we had to mix and double up teams. Our S1/2 team has in excess of 25 boys playing, last year we struggled some weeks to put a team out, most boys are coming from Balwearie High School, our u15/16 team, which I coach, has doubled the number of boys playing in it, attracting many from Balwearie High school. Our u 18 Colts side has a squad of 30 boys; they are a young colt’s side and will be exceptional next season. This bodes well for the senior sides as these boys mature. So if we play the numbers game, we are improving, fast.
The strong values that we, as a rugby club have are now being introduced to our local community and we are benefitting from this. Kirkcaldy Rugby Club has recently become one of the founder members of the new Balwearie Community Sports Hub and I represent the club as the new treasurer. I believe that we as a rugby club have a huge obligation to our local community, our local youth and most importantly, developing our rugby club as inclusive for all, and to assume its rightful place in our community.
As an aside, the investment in Balwearie High school is paying dividends numbers wise, but we are now attracting players from Viewforth and Kirkcaldy high schools, Kinross High, Buckhaven High, Glenrothes and Dunfermline schools, the word is out in Fife that our Kirkcaldy rugby club youth section is offering good coaching and rugby opportunities. Thanks to Gold club and local business investment.
All these improvements in numbers comes back to a shift in our clubs ethos and the value we place in our young players, aged from 3 years old to 18 years old. The Gold Club has a lot to be proud of; the money raised by it all goes towards our youth development and the employment of Curtis. The Gold club is thereby fulfilling raison d’être, which was to support youth rugby in our club.
In my role at Director of youth rugby I would like to thank all Gold club investors, and say we as a club are extremely grateful for the opportunity your investment has offered the club. But please let others know of the positive effort our Rugby club is making to develop youth rugby and encourage your friends and associates to come along and see the revolution that is happening at Kirkcaldy rugby Club. I am sure they will want a piece if our club too and will want to join the Gold Club and become part of the good it does.
Enjoy the rest of your day in our Rugby Club.
Thanks Gold Club members for your time and your money.
Last Updated ( Monday, 21 November 2016 )
1stXV League Table
BT National League Division 2
|Dumfries|| 6||24 |
|Howe of Fife|| 6||16|
|West of Scotland|| 6||13|
|Preston Lodge|| 6||11|
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