Cumbernauld Rugby Club take part in RBS RugbyForce 2012

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:41 GMT on Monday, 13th August 2012.


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CUMBERNAULD Rugby Club welcomed the community through its doors last weekend, as part of the RBS RugbyForce celebrations, which aims to inspire more people into grassroots rugby.

Players from the professional world were also on hand to visit numerous grassroots clubs across Scotland, as part of the two-day event.

Chris Paterson, Scottish Rugby’s ambassador, done a cross-country trip to offer his support, as the event wore on. He said: “I have made it to four different clubs today and the work going on is tremendous.

“The clubs have made a massive effort and it’s been great to see the difference even one day can make.

“RBS RugbyForce is all about getting the whole community involved and this is a great way to kick off the new season.”

At some clubs, players, as well as volunteers, helped with specific projects such as laying a path or sprucing up paintwork. At others there was some coaching and autographs and photographs galore.

Elaine Martin, East Kilbride RFC fund-raiser said: “It’s a fabulous weekend. All the men are working well putting in a new path from the changing rooms to the rugby pitches.

“Everyone is over the moon that Al [Kellock, the Glasgow Warriors and Scotland lock] and Mary [Lafaiki, the Scotland Women’s internationalist] are here.”

Greig Gilbert, RBS Rugby Team, said: “The idea behind RBS RugbyForce Weekend 2012 is to support clubs to hold an event that underlines what they can offer to their communities, while encouraging everyone to get the club ready for the new season. There’s clearly been some great work going on today.”

At Cumbernauld Rugby Club, Alastair Kellock from Glasgow Warriors and Mary Lafaiki from Scotland Women both showed up to help inspire a new generation of players to come on board, with the club holding numerous activities at the event on Saturday 11th August.

Activities included youth section training sessions, a senior game against Falkirk, a BBQ and the completion of works to convert the classrooms into a dressing room block, with teaching area.

Cumbernauld South Councillor, Councillor William Goldie attended the event and welcomed the day’s aims. He said: “It was Fantastic to see so many young people involved at Cumbernauld Rugby Club. I hope that all their plans for the future come to fruition.”