Youth development sees October’s BT Club thrive

A club in South Lanarkshire have won the BT Club of the Month award for October.
October's BT Club of the Month - HamiltonHamilton Rugby Club earned the accolade for an impressive run of results and for their ongoing development work, which has seen them become one of the biggest clubs in the west of Scotland.
On the field the BT National League Division 2 side and their reserve teams had only one loss during October, with some nine wins from ten, collectively.
Their mini and youth sections are thriving as Club Development Officer Alan Falconer works closely with local secondary schools to increase numbers. He currently has large squads at every age group.
Their under-18 team competes in the Scottish Rugby Youth League. They recorded two wins from three in October.
Club President, Jack Ryan, said: “We’re chuffed to win this award and receive recognition.

We have been working hard at building a home-grown team, that is filled with players and coaches who have grown up through the club, for several years.

“We have a real community feel at Laigh Bent where we utilise the skills of our members and locals.
“Winning this award sends a message to our volunteers and coaches that we are moving in the right direction and that their hard work is all worthwhile.
“We are top of BT National 2 and our reserve teams are doing extremely well. Richard Maxton and David Gemmell have a good coaching model and are pulling in big numbers each week.
“Our aim is to do something good for Scottish rugby and for our community.
“Going forward we want to keep building on a sustainable model for the club, where our youngsters go on to play for our senior teams and have opportunities to coach.
“We have also spent money on drainage to ensure we can play and train in all weathers and we’re now moving into another phase of development.

We’re looking at building a multi-purpose indoor training facility and would like to put in place a path around our first team pitch, as it can be quite swampy at times.”

Hamilton’s discipline record in the month was flawless with no players receiving yellow or red cards.
As part of their prize, Hamilton receive a 12-month BT Sport subscription and £200 cash. They will also win a table for 10 at the Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner on Friday 29 May 2015 and will be on the shortlist for the BT Club of the Year award, to be announced at the dinner.