After topping RBS Championship A in March and winning promotion for their fourth consecutive season, Marr have added to their trophy cabinet with the RBS Club of the Month award.
The Troon-based club have made exceptional progress across the board at Fullarton Park in recent years, even in the face of adversity this season when their clubhouse burned down back in September.
They employ a development officer, Rory McGee, who works with a number of the local primary schools and their links with Marr College, a CashBack for Communities School of Rugby, are some of the strongest in the country. They also have a full complement of youth teams from minis up to under-18 level.
President, Kevin Quinn, said: “Winning this award is wonderful for the whole club. We’ve been recognised for the hard work, effort and commitment that is ongoing at all levels and for our success on and off the pitch.
Year on year we have continued to grow the numbers involved in all aspects of the game at Fullarton Park. More people are involved playing, coaching and watching.
“We have also managed to do all this with temporary facilities in place after we had a major fire that severely damaged our clubhouse earlier in the year.”
In March the performances of their three senior teams were good. The first XV recorded three wins from three against Dalziel (39-5), Hamilton (15-12) and Cartha Queens Park (12-7). The seconds were one from one – 55-5 v Dalziel 2XV – and the thirds lost their only fixture in the month. The thirds did however come runners up in their league, RBS Reserve League West 3A, this season.
The second XV won RBS Reserve League West 1 in March while other highlights that month were a mini tournament that saw around 450 children turn out from seven different clubs.
Quinn continued: “This year our performances have continued to improve, in particular at senior level, and March saw a double achievement with the second XV winning their league and the first XV achieving an outstanding result to complete their season, winning RBS Championship Division A.
Going forward, the club’s commitment is to strengthen and sustain what we’re doing and to ensure that we’re able to provide a set-up that enables our younger players that are coming through to enjoy the experience of playing quality rugby and representing Marr.
“It has been another outstanding year for us and everyone’s delighted.”
Scottish Rugby regional development manager for Glasgow South, Glen Tippett, said: “It is great to see Marr get promoted once again and to see them rewarded for their continual development. The club has been very proactive working in partnership with Scottish Rugby and South Ayrshire Council in growing the grassroots game in the west.”
In winning the RBS Club of the Month award, Marr 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 April RBS Club of the Month award, the last of the 2013/14 season, are now being taken at www.scottishrugby.org/clubs-schools/nominations. The deadline for entries is Wednesday 20 April.