A club in Fife have won the top monthly club accolade for the fourth time, after picking up the RBS Club of the Month award for February.
Howe of Fife, who are based in Cupar, previously won the award in November 2007, December 2008 and April 2012 and were RBS Club of the Season in 2011/12.
The club has been commended for their teams’ performances in February, where their first XV won two games from two and their seconds won three from three.
Also, the Duffus Park side have 15 youth teams covering all age groups; they have close links with the local high school, Bell Baxter, and the primary schools in the surrounding area, through the work of local authority development officer, Graham Smith.
Also in February, the club’s discipline record was outstanding with a clean sheet of cards that means they meet the discipline criteria of the award.
Club President, William Robertson, said: “Winning this award means a huge amount to the club and it is a culmination of hard work from players, members and volunteers from minis all the way up to the senior level.
All our teams have had a good showing in the competitions they are playing in. Our seconds have won their league and only lost one game in the process, which is remarkable and our P7s team won a tournament at Hillfoots recently.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us and to the person who nominated us for the award. The whole club is buzzing.”
Howe’s first XV currently sit in second place in RBS Championship B, one point behind Jed-Forest, with the league to be decided this weekend (Saturday 22 March). In February the side overcame Hawick YM at home and away, the scores 61-3 and 88-3, respectively.
Meanwhile, the second XV have won RBS Caledonia Regional League Division 3 Midlands. In February they beat Grangemouth 2XV, 41-12, Glenrothes 2XV, 68-28 and Blairgowrie, 45-5.
As well as their success in February the club are planning a major £1.4million development project at their ground, Duffus Park, to expand and improve the club’s rugby offering in the town.
Robertson continued: “We have a little saying at the moment, that we’re “building rugby for the future.” Basically we’re running out of space for the number of children and youths that are playing rugby in Cupar, so we have big plans to develop our facilities at Duffus Park.
“We’re well on our way to raising the funds to build eight new changing rooms, some new physio rooms, a function suite and a community café, all in the one location.”
In winning the RBS Club of the Month award, Howe of Fife 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 March RBS Club of the Month award are now being taken athttp://www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/nominations. The deadline for entries is Monday 31 March.