Scottish Rugby and their principle partner, RBS, are delighted to announce Mackie Academy FP and the Sinclair family from Ross Sutherland Rugby Club as RBS Club of the Month and RBS Club Volunteers of the Month for April, respectively.
The Stonehaven based outfit won the final club accolade for season 2012/13 for the senior team’s turnaround in their season. In the first half of the year they were bottom of RBS Caledonia Regional League Division 1, but ended the year in joint fifth with Orkney.
Their second XV also won their only game in April 95-0 v Grampian Police in RBS Caledonia Regional League Division 3 North.
The club runs 15 teams between P4 and senior level, has an unblemished discipline record in April and the work of their development officer (DO) James Sadio is well established.
Sadio has worked with the club for three years as a DO and two years previously as a modern apprentice, in April he was working on a rugby festival involving Mackie Academy, Mearns Academy and Portlethen Academy and skills sessions to up-skill coaching, performance and strength and conditioning standards for players and coaches.
The club is also preparing a team to be involved in the Golden Oldies Rugby Festival at Highland Rugby Club on Saturday 1 June.
Neil Foster, Mackie Academy president, said: “This award is excellent recognition for all the hard work that everyone at Mackie puts into the running of the club; the players, the coaches, the backroom staff, committee members and sponsors.
“A special mention must also go to all our followers who travel all across Scotland with us for matches and for standing pitchside throughout the season giving their support, regardless of the cold and wet Scottish weather. Also to James Sadio for all the work he does developing the junior section of the club in our catchment area.
“We’re really looking forward to the Club Awards dinner, we’re hoping to get a few extra tables at the dinner so we can encourage as many members and volunteers to come along, because the way our club is, is down to them.”
For the final RBS Club Volunteer of the Month award Connie, 49, Lucy, 18 and Lauris Sinclair, 13 have won the accolade for the hard work and team ethos they have in making sure the young players at Ross Sutherland get fed.
In April they also organised a brunch to attract new parents along to the club in Invergordon. They served a full cooked breakfast to 50 people that day.
Connie said: “It is an honour to be awarded Volunteer of the Month for April, especially knowing how much work that all volunteers put in across the country. So to think that we have been picked is really special.
“I feel especially proud for Lucy and Lauris, being their mum, because they make everything I do at the club so much easier by being there helping. For two teenage girls to go to the club and help as often as they do really is worthy of recognition.
“I know the folk at Ross Sutherland who know we won are very happy for us and proud of the recognition it has brought the club, I hope by winning the award more people will look to find out about us.”
The girls got involved with Ross Sutherland four years ago because their dad and brother are players.
In winning the awards, Mackie and the Sinclair clan will receive a trophy and a table of ten at the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner on Friday 31 May and automatic nominations for the RBS Club of the Season and RBS Club Volunteer of the Season awards, to be presented at the gathering. Mackie will also receive £1,000 to invest in the club.