Tennent's Awards announced for March 2019
Scottish Rugby has today announced the winners of the Tennent’s Monthly Awards for March. The monthly awards are recognition for those who help to make a difference to the domestic and grassroots game in Scotland.
The monthly awards are recognition for those who help to make a difference to the domestic and grassroots game in Scotland.
Heriots Rugby club have been recognised for their stellar season, both on and off the pitch, as they are named as Tennent’s Club of the Month.
James Cochrane-Dyet from Deeside Rugby Club in Aberdeen has been chosen as Volunteer of the Month for his ongoing support and maintenance of the club’s facilities.
All of the winners have been invited to Scottish Rugby’s annual Club Awards 2019, which will be held on at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh.
Tennent’s Club of the Month, March 2019 – Heriot’s
With over six youth teams and four adult teams, Heriot’s rugby has been committed to encouraging everyone to get involved in rugby. The club hope to grow participation with their combined minis section and a combined 3XV team.
The club from Goldenacre, Edinburgh have also created a new women’s team and they have high hopes to expand further in the coming months.
As part of their social responsibility, they have recently become involved with Spartans Community Football Academy to explore opportunities to provide rugby to children living in disadvantaged areas in the north of Edinburgh.
The club are also in partnership with Heriot’s school and Edinburgh College to provide a wide variety of opportunities to give students a practical experience of rugby. One of the key aims is to encourage individuals to get involved in officiating as they continue to strive towards achieving their silver level criteria for Club Sustainability Award this season.
Heriot’s Rugby Club Regional Director Colin McCallumsaid: “Our club during March fielded our first senior Women's side which beat Kelso to progress in the Sarah Beaney Cup.
“We held our Mini Rugby Festival which attracted many youngsters from far and wide. The partnership with Stewart's Melville has been highly successful with our Junior Section, North Edinburgh Vikings, now firmly established and attracting new players from the local community.
“The 3XV combined side, with the Ferry Road Wanderers, has played a full season with fixtures on practically every available Saturday and, like their junior counterparts, has attracted players who hitherto had forsaken the game and also those entirely new to their ranks.
“We are actively exploring closer links with Edinburgh College to extend our reach into the community. Making our club an integral part of the North Edinburgh community is our strategic aim.
“Finally, we are proud of our 1st XV efforts who reached the finals of the Premiership and the Scottish Cup.
Volunteer of the Month – James Cochrane-Dyet (Deeside Rugby)
As a member of the club’s Executive Committee and Head of Facilities, James plays a vital role in ensuring the upkeep of the club’s facilities. As well as this work, James also coaches the Deeside U16 boys’ team where his son plays.
He has been involved with the club for six years and it is through his efforts that the standard of the pitches is maintained, new projects are managed, and facilities are taken care of. When the club first moved to their new pitches it took time for them to understand how to get the grass to grow as the drainage system was very good.
James managed to develop an annual pitch maintenance programme with the help of groundsmen from BT Murrayfield and this ensures the high quality of the pitch that the club have in place now.
Alongside this, James takes a lead in the annual RBS RugbyForce day in developing the maintenance programme that the club have on the day for all club members to get involved with so that there are tasks available for all skill levels and ages.
Ian Finlayson, the President for Deeside Rugby, commented on his achievements at the club saying, “James does a brilliant job ensuring that the pitches and facilities are maintained. What he does for the club is hugely important, there is certainly no way we could afford the same level of quality pitches and associated facilities if we had to pay for the project management.
“Not only does he manage the physical facilities, but he also has control over our major cost line budget and he is very aware of budget restrictions and ensures that the money we have is spent wisely.
“He is also very good at working with local businesses to get free materials and equipment loans as required.
“All this helps to build our community roots and ensure the overall success of the club. Many of the members are unaware of the scope and depth of his role that he just gets on with quietly and efficiently.”
Try of the Month – Aberdeen Grammar
This year’s National League Finalists, Aberdeen Grammar were awarded Tennent’s Try of the Month for March after an eye-catching run by Doug Russell, followed by the finish by Craig Shepherd.
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Each winner of Tennent’s Club of the Month will receive £1000 worth of packaged product from Tennent’s portfolio for your clubhouse.
Clubs also receive a table for ten to attend the end of season club awards, plus up to £500 for travel expenses to attend the evening.
At the end of the season, Club of the Month winners will be shortlisted for the Tennent’s Club of the Year award. The winner will be announced at the Club Awards with the winning club receiving the Tennent’s Club of the Season Trophy.