First top club in 2014 named

A rugby club in Tayside and Fife have started the New Year on a high note winning the first RBS Club of the Month Award of the year.

Perthshire Rugby Club had a 100% performance record in January, with their first and second XVs both topping their divisions, RBS Caledonia Regional League Division 1 and RBS Caledonia Regional League Division 4 Midlands respectively, and going unbeaten in the month.

Graham Kerr (right) hands over the award to Perthshire club President Allan Brown

The club have been applauded for their discipline where they picked up no cards and satisfied the discipline criteria of the award. The club is a Positive Coaching Scotland accredited club.

They have also built strong links with the local primary and secondary schools, including Perth Academy, which is a School of Rugby, and have fielded teams at every age-group including a combined under-18 team with Blairgowrie Rams, through the work of their development officers James Wade and Rory McKay and modern apprentices Beth Doran, Jessica Martin and Declan O’Brian.

Club chairman, Allan Brown, said: “We’re really proud of this award because at the start of the season the committee set a series of targets that included achieving a Club of the Month trophy and a nomination for RBS Club of the Season.

Over recent months we have been trying to pull the whole club together to make sure we have all been aiming to fulfil the same targets. It has taken a lot of hard work over the past three years but everything seems to be coming into fruition now.

“We have an exceptionally well attended mini section, our midis are performing well and lastly our senior teams have begun to have some success in the leagues and that is almost the final part of the jigsaw.

“The whole club is buzzing and really chuffed about this achievement. It has been a huge collaborative effort and I believe it is because we have been more organised than ever before.”

The second XV notched up more than 90 points in each of their January fixtures. There results were 99-0 v Alloa 2XV on Saturday 11 January and 91-0 v Hillfoots 2XV on Saturday 18 January.

Meanwhile, the first XV beat, Dunfermline, 39-0, Morgan Academy, 13-11 and Mackie Academy, 25-13, in three successive weekends in January. The sides’ success saw a record attendance at training, in January, with just shy of 50 players turning up each week throughout the month.

Furthermore, the work of the development team has seen a series of youth festivals held at North Inch, support given to Glenalmond as they have prepared for Brewin Dolphin matches and a partnership being developed with Perth College, where a Rugby Ready practical course has been delivered.

Brown concluded: “We have set our development team some really specific targets this year, including making sure that our returning youngsters are enjoying playing rugby even more than the season before as well as adding numbers to each of the sections.

“They are doing a really good job and are continually hitting the targets we are setting them.”

In winning the RBS Club of the Month award, Perthshire will receive a commemorative trophy, £1000 to be invested in the development of the club and an automatic nomination for the RBS Club of the Season award to be presented at the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner on Friday 30 May. They will also be given a table of ten at the dinner.

Nominations for the February RBS Club of the Month award are now being taken at http://www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/nominations. The deadline for entries is Friday 28 February.