Your Chance To Shape The Future

Everyone involved in Scottish rugby is being given the chance to have their input on the future shape of domestic playing structures. Views are being sought via a survey launched today on the Scottish Rugby website. The online questionnaire has been devised by Scottish Rugby’s Competitions Commission, a think-tank, set up to ensure that competitive structures support Scottish Rugby’s strategies for growing the game and long-term player development.Everyone involved in Scottish rugby is being given the chance to have their input on the future shape of domestic playing structures.

Views are being sought via a survey launched today on the Scottish Rugby website. The online questionnaire has been devised by Scottish Rugby’s Competitions Commission, a think-tank, set up to ensure that competitive structures support Scottish Rugby’s strategies for growing the game and long-term player development.

Peter Laverie, chairman of the Competitions Commission, explained: “Scottish Rugby is developing a playing strategy for the next four years. The aim is to increase participation and improve performance in the game at all levels and age-groups and to make rugby more accessible through a revised season structure.

“This will help us produce a thriving and competitive rugby community that players, coaches, referees and volunteers enjoy participating in, spectators enjoy watching and through which all can realise their potential.

“We’re interested in what anyone connected with rugby in whatever capacity thinks about the playing season, how it should be organised, when games should be played and what you want from playing or watching rugby. The survey is for anyone, no matter their age or their involvement in the game, but we do particularly want to hear from players at all levels of the game.

“We have developed this survey and will examine the results we receive. For it to be meaningful it needs extensive participation. We are also producing separate surveys for women’s and girls’ rugby and these will be online shortly.”

The survey goes live on www.bepartofit.org today and will close on 27 January 2008. The Competitions Commission will analyse the data and will consider presenting proposals to the Scottish Rugby Board thereafter.

The survey is available by paper copies if required from Barb Gillie, Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield, Edinburgh EH12 5PJ.

Everyone who participates in the survey will be entered into a prize draw with the winners receiving two tickets to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield on Sunday 3 February. The club or school submitting the highest number of survey returns will receive two tickets, plus pre and post-match hospitality, to the RBS 6 Nations match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield on Saturday 8 March.