Highland Rfc Named Top Club

Highland have won Scottish Rugby’s Club of the Month award for November and the £1000 prize.

The club received the commendation for their on and off-field performance in the month and, despite enduring an indifferent start to the season, they went on a six-match winning streak to take them to third place in National 2.

On top of their impressive unbeaten run – halted only by the wintry weather – Highland have been applauded for their extensive rugby development through the efforts of dedicated club volunteers, jointly funded development officer (DO), Alan Falconer, SVQ Community Coach  Gary Mckenzie and an important relationship with Culloden Academy.

Highland have won Scottish Rugby’s Club of the Month award for November and the £1000 prize.

The club received the commendation for their on and off-field performance in the month and, despite enduring an indifferent start to the season, they went on a six-match winning streak to take them to third place in National 2.

On top of their impressive unbeaten run – halted only by the wintry weather – Highland have been applauded for their extensive rugby development through the efforts of dedicated club volunteers, jointly funded development officer (DO), Alan Falconer, SVQ Community Coach  Gary Mckenzie and an important relationship with Culloden Academy.

Club chairman, Andy Little, said: “Alan [Falconer] has delivered rugby sessions to more than 350 primary and 400 secondary school children, including 85 girls in curriculum PE at Culloden Academy, during the month of November alone.

“In the same month we introduced a rugby curriculum for coaches and players from Primary four to seven which includes a coach’s manual and a ‘passport’ for every youngster to chart the long term development of their skills and game understanding.”

The club’s efforts to increase participation and improve skills across the board culminate in their successful youth academies for its top young players.

The club’s recently established junior academy gives their top 10 players extra skills development coaching with the view to progressing into their youth academy the following season.

Now in its second season, the youth academy supports 12 young athletes who train an additional three nights per week to develop their strength, conditioning, running techniques and rugby skills.

Looking down the club’s list of successful age-grade sides, it’s becoming increasingly clear that those efforts are bearing fruit.

Highland Reds, the club’s second XV, are currently top of their division, the under-18s have won the Caledonia NW U18 league putting them through to the knockout stages of the national cup competition, their table topping U16s are unbeaten so far this season while their U15s have won their league.

In the lower ages-grades, Highland field sides at S1, S2, P6/7, P4/5 and have 15 P1-3 players who are out training every week.

Brian Bell, regional development manager for the highlands and islands, said: “For a number of years Highland, who employ a development officer and an SVQ community coach, have had a very strong, pro-active approach to their development, which extends from micros to adults, primary to secondary schools and into the community.

“This effort has very rarely been reflected by the sustained success and discipline of their 1stand 2nd XVs on the field. This past month Highland have achieved all of this and I believe that they are more than worthy Club of the Month winners.”

As winners, Highland are now automatically short-listed for the Club of the Season award which will be announced and presented at the annual Scottish Club Rugby Awards Dinner, held at Murrayfield on Friday 20 May, 2011.

For further information on the Club Awards Dinner please contact the Murrayfield Experience office on 0131 346 5250 or  enquiries@murrayfieldexperience.com


The Scottish Rugby Club of the Month award is based on three key criteria – performance, growing the game and discipline.
 
The award is determined by a Scottish Rugby panel after nominations fromScottish Rugby Councilmembers, Rugby Development staff and the rugby community. The club receive a £1000 cheque from Scottish Rugby and a commemorative certificate to mark their award.