Capital clubs colonise December’s RBS awards

Clubs in the capital have had a very successful December as members of Forrester and Musselburgh have been awarded with RBS Club Volunteer and Try of the month, respectively.

Sheila Gunderson, head of the mini’s committee at Forrester, was awarded with the last RBS Club Volunteer of the Month prize of 2013.

Sheila was nominated by Club Development Officer, Gav Sissons, for her great contribution to the club, especially through her fund-raising.

Pictured from left to right: Andrew Cook, Angela Bradshaw and Sheila Gunderson

Sheila said: “I was delighted when Gav told me that he had put me forward for the award, but ecstatic to have actually won it.”

One of Sheila’s fund-raising events included the organising of the mini’s Christmas party at the club which was deemed a huge success.

Sheila, 41, continued: “A lot of organisation, time and effort went into the Christmas party but it was all worth it for the kids.

“As part of their Christmas present from the club this year, we gave the kids the chance to come to Murrayfield to see Edinburgh play Perpignan. It was a fantastic day out, everyone really enjoyed themselves and it was even better when Edinburgh won.”

Sheila, who works as a child-minder in Edinburgh, has managed to raise over £9000 in her seven years involved in the club. She also manages to find time to help in catering for the home games, trying her hand at anything and everything to help out the kids.

Sheila said:

“I would like to share the award with Angela, who treasures for the mini’s committee. Angie does just as much work and contributes just as much time as me, she deserves the same amount of recognition – without her the mini’s wouldn’t be the success they are.”

On the other side of the capital, RBS and Scottish Rugby awarded December Try of the Month to Musselburgh centre, Andrew Cook.

Andrew ran in from 50 metres to cross the whitewash during an RBS Edinburgh Regional Cup tie against Boroughmuir at Stoneyhill.

30-year old Andrew, a team leader in an investment company, expressed his delight at winning this month’s accolade.

Andrew said: “I’m very surprised to win the award, in fact, honoured to win, it’s always great to be recognised for your work.

“Running in from that distance is never easy, especially when you’re 30-years-old!”

Despite losing the tie in which the RBS Try of the Month was scored, Musselburgh are having an extremely good run in the league, currently sitting top of RBS Championship B, having won 13 of their 15 games.

“It’s been a good couple of years for us at Musselburgh, it’s a good place to be involved.

“We’ve got three games left to play in the league, all of much we must win, and hopefully we can finish off sitting top in that promotion spot.”

Both winners receive a trophy and will be put forward for the RBS Club Volunteer and Try of the Season awards, to be revealed in May. Sheila will receive a table of 10 at the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner and Andrew a pair of tickets for the Scotland v France match on Saturday 8 March at Murrayfield.