Ayr rugby club are going from strength-to-strength having picked up the RBS Club of the Month award for December, the second time they have received the monthly award in just over a year.
For President, Bill McHarg, this brings them one step closer to the club’s goal of retaining their title of RBS Club of the Season at this year’s annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner, on Friday 30 May.
“The whole club is firmly focussed on maintaining our status as the top Scottish club. We don’t just want to win the RBS Club of the Season award and Premiership in 2012/13, we want to win it in 2013/14 and every season from now on,” he said.
In December, the Millbrae outfit has been in the limelight following a double-header victory for their under-18 and under-16 teams having won the inaugural Scottish Rugby Youth Leagues.
McHarg continued: “We couldn’t have predicted the accomplishment of our youth teams, but with their victories and having won the RBS Premiership and Cup last season their seems to be a rippling effect through the club.
Our seconds are doing really well and sit second top of RBS Reserve League National 1, our firsts have only lost four games all season and are the only home-based Scottish team to win a game so far in the British & Irish Cup and our ladies team have only been defeated once.
“It has been a real club effort to pick up this December award because coaches, players, volunteers, sponsors and the wider community are all buying into what we’re trying to do.
“We have an ethos of ‘one club’ here at Millbrae and I’d encourage every club in Scotland to set their sights high and work towards their goals.”
In terms of the award’s criteria Ayr flourished in all categories in December, their firsts, seconds and under-18s were all unbeaten, they received only one yellow card and the work of their development officer, Stuart Fenwick and assistant development officer, Slyvain Diez was praised.
The duo continue to build strong links with all local secondary and primary schools in the region, which feeds and gives a strong base to the club.
Scottish Rugby’s head of clubs and schools, Nick Rennie, said: “Ayr have a very good structure in place which has seen success at all levels in the past two seasons.
“They have 15 youth teams, their ladies team joined the RBS Women’s National League Division 2 at the beginning of the season and they have a wealth of coaches developing the game in the community. They thoroughly deserve this award.Well done!”
In winning the RBS Club of the Month for December, Ayr are automatically nominated for the RBS Club of the Season to be decided at the Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner in Ayr. The club will receive a table of 10 for the dinner, as well as a trophy to commemorate the award and £1,000 from Scottish Rugby’s principal partner, RBS, to go towards the development of the sport.
Nominations for the January RBS Club of the Month are being taken now. To submit an entry please visitwww.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/nominations.