Scottish Rugby and principal partner RBS are delighted to recognise Cartha Queens Park as October’s RBS Club of the Month.
Playing from Drumbreck Road in the South side of Glasgow, Cartha were winners not only due to the current form and success of their table–topping first XV in RBS Championship A, but also for the work they are doing to promote the game through both their bustling youth and ladies sections.
Cartha currently field four senior teams on an almost weekly basis as well as a senior women’s side. Their first XV are currently sitting top of RBS Championship A with ten wins in 11 games and were undefeated in October.
Club president Tom Feasby, said: “Everyone at Cartha is absolutely delighted to be recognised as Ocober’s RBS club of the month as it’s testament to all the hard work people throughout the ranks put in.
“The fact that we’re getting huge numbers to training – with up to 50 people attending senior sessions – is having an extremely positive impact on the club.
“Although it’s fantastic that we have such a successful senior section just now, it’s not just a senior or first XV effort, it’s a whole club thing that makes Cartha the success that it is.”
Overall the club is now running teams at all grades from micro rugby through to the senior ranks with over 200 registered junior members currently playing at Cartha. The club were the first Glasgow side to be granted Positive Coaching Scotland accreditation in February of this year.
The president continued, speaking of the growing successful youth section, aptly named, Cartha Kids. He said:
“At Cartha, we look to get the parents of the youngsters involved, giving a family vibe to the club. We’ve realised that there are two sides to grassroots rugby, the club community and social side in addition to the actual playing of the rugby. This is a core value of club rugby, and is something we’re looking to preserve at Cartha.
“All of our coaches are put through the UKCC courses in order to ensure a high quality of coaching, developing the youth to the best of their ability.”
The club work closely with development officer Andrew Lamont to help ensure a flow of fresh youth players in to the junior ranks. In a traditional football stronghold Andrew is encouraging young people to change their lives through the game of rugby.
The Glasgow club are also currently pushing hard to encourage more women to their club, in a bid to grow their already successful female section.
Feasby, said: “We’re continually looking to bring ladies into the club, and are hoping to expand the girls youth section and continuing the flow of fresh talent into the women’s side.”
Despite receiving two yellow cards in October, Cartha have only received three over the course of the season to date.
Feasby was ambitious for the future of Cartha. He said:
“We look to build on what we’re doing at the club. By focussing on growing the youth section, we’re forming a stable base for the future of the senior ranks and for the club in general. We will strive to continually turn out four senior male teams as well as our ladies team and fantastic youth sides.
“We don’t want our teams to just play, we want them to be successful.”
As well as the well-sought after trophy, the winners of RBS Club of the Month will be given a table of ten at the Club awards dinner, on Friday 30 May 2014, and a chance to win RBS Club of the Season. They will also receive up to £500 towards travel and accommodation for the dinner.