Glasgow East Rugby Club have been recognised again for their attempts to offer youngsters in Scotland’s biggest city a fun introduction to the sport.
The club prevailed over two other nominees, Reverend Malcolm Cuthbertson and Glasgow Girls Football Club in the Evening Times Community Champions Award for Sport.
Glasgow East won the award for the work they are doing to open up access to rugby in Scotland’s biggest city. Glasgow East’s chairman David MacDonald said,“It meant everything to the club. The motivation for everyone involved is really just seeing the kids smile and enjoy themselves.”
Club volunteers work closely with Glasgow Life and Scottish Rugby – who fund their development officer – trying to bring children into rugby who may not have had the opportunity before.
They have almost 150 children registered from primary to early secondary age groups and their membership area is the north and east of Glasgow. In the past year alone, the club have seen a 40% growth in playing numbers.
Glasgow East have also arranged a schools festival in the last few months, involving seven secondary schools, which was won by St Roch’s from Springburn. They are also developing a primary school tournament, which involves 20 primaries from the Glasgow area, mimicking the Rugby World Cup system.
Players, who are welcomed free to the club, join from areas such as Easterhouse, Shettleston, Dennistoun and Bridgeton. Glasgow East welcomes everyone at Barrachnie Park on a Thursday night 6pm and Sunday afternoons from 12pm.
The club are now looking to further the development of their pitches and are involved in talks to secure their own clubhouse. The award received from the Evening Times has “helped increase our numbers and helped our community status”, explained chairman MacDonald. “It has raised the club’s profile and brought more people to the club,” he added.
For more information on the club please contact our rugby development team.