Commonwealth Games rugby posts help build legacy in Invergordon

A club in Ross-shire have been gifted the rugby posts and protectors that were used at the world record-breaking Commonwealth Games rugby sevens event at Ibrox back in July.

Ross Sutherland postsRoss Sutherland who are based in Invergordon applied for the posts through Glasgow 2014 and sportscotland’s post-Games legacy plan, which sees sports clubs and facilities in all 32 Scottish local authorities receive equipment, both large and small scale, used at the multi-sport event.

The programme that will see some £600,000 worth of equipment, which also includes the boxing ring in which Charlie Flynn won Gold, was put together to inspire the next generation of sporting heroes.

The BT Caledonia Regional League Division 2 North club marked the arrival of the new posts with their first home league game of the season against Moray which saw the visitors win 31-17.

As well as taking possession of a piece of Scottish sporting history Ross Sutherland recently became the 27th club in the country to earn the prestigious Positive Coaching Scotland (PCS) award.

The new posts and the PCS accreditation highlight how highly club view growing rugby in the local community.

Stephan Walker, who led the successful bid for the posts, said: “To be honest, I didn’t think we had a chance of getting them so to say this is a fantastic outcome doesn’t begin to convey just how much this means to our club.

“To think that we’ll be playing in front of posts that were seen by over 170,000 people at the Commonwealth Games and by millions worldwide, is just incredible.”

Scottish Rugby’s club services manager for Caledonia, Brian Bell, said: “I’m delighted to see Ross Sutherland being given the posts from the Commonwealth Games.

This gift is well deserved as they work hard throughout their club to ensure they have high quality facilities to offer communities in the north of Scotland.

“Their facilities have come on leaps and bounds in recent years with the introduction of lights and by upgrading their clubhouse and now the new posts.”

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland, said: “sportscotland is committed to providing more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in communities across the country, and the Games equipment will play a part in this process. 

”By distributing sports equipment throughout Scotland, we are providing a real sporting legacy from the Games, thanks to funding from the National Lottery.  We’re delighted that Ross Sutherland Rugby Club are able to make use of the rugby posts from the hugely successful rugby sevens competition in Glasgow and wish the club every success for the future.” 

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “This gift is a demonstration of the continuing legacy of the Commonwealth Games across Scotland.

It’s wonderful to see rugby in Ross-shire benefiting from the very same equipment used by rugby stars from across the Commonwealth.

“The memory of the Games will live long in our thoughts and I hope that when players and supporters are at the ground, this serves as a little inspirational reminder of the power and enjoyment of sport.”