November’s RBS Club Volunteer of the Month is awarded to Davie McMillan, coach of Stirling County Women.
The award was presented to Davie (pictured), 34, at the home of Stirling County, Bridgehaugh, by Scottish Rugby council member for the Midlands, Graham Kerr.
Despite heavy shift-work with ScotRail, Davie continually commits to training and developing the women’s’ section of the club, attending all games and training as much as possible. McMillan, said:
I’m totally shocked to be receiving the award, but extremely honoured, it’s always nice to be credited for your hard work. I didn’t have the slightest clue I had been nominated so was completely taken aback when told I had been voted as RBS Club Volunteer of the Month."
In the 2012/13 season – his first with the women – he led the squad to achieve their goal of promotion to the RBS Women’s Premier League. In his second season, the objective was set for the team to maintain their position within this competition, something which again they have achieved, avoiding relegation.
“They’re a great bunch of girls, extremely motivated and driven, making my job a lot easier.
“They have a great focus to get where they deserve to be and I do my very best to help them get there.
“Coming up to the RBS Women’s Premier League this season has been a huge step up for us, but the hard work has paid off and we’ll find ourselves competing here again next year.”
Focussed on developing the women's game in Scotland, Davie has volunteered to organise an East v West match during the RBS 6 Nations window, to draw attention to women’s rugby.
McMillan said: “There’s a lot of potential for the women’s game to grow, but not enough opportunity with the season being short and the leagues being so small.
“A lot of girls want to play and want to improve but need more game time and a greater level of competition to do so.
Hopefully by introducing the district East v West game – initially as a one-off – it will open a new door to explore what we can do and where we can go with women’s rugby in Scotland."
It is not just RBS and Scottish Rugby who have paid homage to Davie’s hard-work and devotion to the game, as the squad were recently nominated for Stirling Sports Team of the Year. Despite being absolutely thrilled by the nomination, Davie did not attend the event on behalf of the team due to his commitment to training that night.
A life-long member of the club, Davie not only devotes a large amount of time to coaching the women, yet also finds time to help out with training Stirling’s second XV.
A former lock, Davie believes strongly in a one-club ethos, encouraging the women’s team to play with the same tactics and strategies as the senior men’s side. He also believes strongly in the strength and conditioning aspect of the game and encourages his side to get in the gym to help in developing their game as individuals and as a team.
Davie will receive a table at the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner at Murrayfield where he will be in with a chance of winning the RBS Club Volunteer of the Season award. The dinner will take place on Friday 30 May 2014.
Nominations are now being taken for the December RBS Club Volunteer of the Month award. The category being focussed on this month is club fundraisers. Head to www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/nominations by Tuesday 31 December to make your nomination.