The Hillhead/Jordanhill festival on Sunday has been cancelled due to waterlogged pitches.
P7 will be training at 11.00 at West Lodge. P4-P6 have the weekend off.
See you all on Wednesday.
Good Morning from windy and wet West Lodge,
This continual wet weather is playing havoc with the pitches. We have a few games to play before the season ends, at all levels. So Pitch 1 is now out of bounds for everyone, Pitch 2 only to be used in areas that are suitable. Pitch 3 and the training area are ok. Please use common sense.
No senior rugby this weekend as Scotland play Italy at BT Murrayfield tomorrow. Having been at Twickenham last Saturday, it was a very disappointing day and the defeat had to be taken with a large helping of humility. To take a line from Flower of Scotland we were “sent homeward tae think again”. However tomorrow is another day and there is plenty to play for – pride, world ranking points and and high placing in the Six Nations. It is a full house with a large party of our S1/S2’s being there and should be an entertaining game.
On Sunday the minis are away to Hillhead/Jordanhill with a 10.30am meet time at Hughenden.
The u18 team have reached the final of the Bowl and this will be played on the 25th March at home against Newton Stewart.
The under 15 team are top of their Cup group with one round of fixtures to be completed so hopefully they will reach the semi-final stages.
Today’s sponsor is Charles Frazer Butchers from the Avenue. Club members are entitled to a 15% discount with a card, which can be obtained from behind the bar. it is important that if you use the services of one of our sponsors (listed on www.whitecraigs.org), please mention that you are from Whitecraigs Rugby Club. This is very important to the sponsors and to us as this information is useful when renewing our relationships.
I mentioned our web site www.whitecraigs.org. This new web site is full of very useful information about the Club and I would like to draw your attention to one area in particular – VOLUNTEERING. This is not a dirty word and like every voluntary organisation we need more. It does not to be a fully committed or time consuming role but we cannot continue to rely on a few to run the Club. Various roles are listed on the web site and if you can help out please contact me email@example.com and I will point you in the right direction.
The 1st XV have four important league games to play and your support will be much appreciated by the players:
25/3 – Aberdeenshire (h), 1/04 – West of Scotland (a), 8/04 – Kirkcaldy (h), 22/04 – Peebles (h)
Finally, thanks to everyone who turned up last Saturday to watch the Calcutta game at the Club. The bar had a great day and the atmosphere was very special. Please try and repeat this tomorrow in what will be a feast of rugby from 1.30pm to 5pm.
Come on Scotland.
Training for the kids on as usual tomorrow night starting at 7pm. As usual an hour for P4/5 and 90mins for P6/7. Please remember drink and gumshield.
On Sunday we make the short trip across to the West End to play at the Hillhead/Jordanhill festival. Registration is at 10.30 for an 11.15 kick off. Garnock, Glasgow Accies, Lenzie and Paisley will also be playing. All players will get a medal for attending and there will be a bouncy castle and slide (presumably for the coaches).
This should be a great day so please make every effort to be there. Parking instructions and address below.
Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC, 32 Hughenden Rd, Glasgow, G12 9XP
For the third week in succession I won’t be able to make training: as small matter of the Calcutta Cup has distracted me this weekend, so you will be in the hands of Mark, Percy, Barry, et al.
As usual, registration will take place at 11.15hrs and then training will take place from 11.30hrs to 12.30hrs on the pitch, or in the hall, so please ensure the Players have appropriate clothing and footwear for both options.
Some of you may have seen that the Club were successful in being awarded £45,000.00 through the Scottish Rugby Union and Sportscotland as an 80% contribution to carry out essential drainage works and the installation of floodlighting to Pitch 3, which will become a dedicated Youth Training Area and enable us to extend our dark nights training and expand new sports within the Club/Hub. The works will take place during the closed season and will provide a significant contribution to the Youth Section – YOU!
Each age group will be tasked to raise £1,500 – £2,000, which is as reasonable as it is achievable, however, we are entirely reliant on you to help and make this happen. If you have any fundraising ideas, or wish to step forward to assist with this, please let me and Percy know.
Yours in Rugby,
07989 502 810
We’re back training tomorrow night. Usual time of 7pm on the pitch. One hour for P4/5 and 90 mins for P6/7. Please remember drink and gumshield.
On Sunday we welcome Allan Glens and East Kilbride to West Lodge, we will meet at 11am for warm up with a 11.30 start.
I’m still waiting on both clubs to confirm numbers but hopefully all who volunteered to help out with the catering will be able to pitch in and we’ll make a real success of it.
Good Afternoon from a dull but dry West Lodge,
Senior rugby returns to West Lodge tomorrow with the 1st XV taking on Peebles in a BT National 2 fixture. This is sure to be a tough game as Peebles are higher placed in the league and are always a difficult side to play against home or away. Our last outing at GHK was a defeat in an entertaining game with Whitecraigs looking great in attack but shaky in defence. Hopefully this will not be the case tomorrow and we will give a good account of ourselves. The kick off is at 3pm.
On Sunday the Micros are at home, the Minis away to Cumnock and the u16 team at home to Hillhead/Jordanhill.
The big news this week is that we have been awarded £24,125 from Scottish Rugby and £19,625 from Sports Scotland. These grants are to enable us to carry out a major refurbishment of Pitch 3 and to install 4No. 12-15m high floodlighting columns. The award represents 80% of the total costs, and the condition of granting this amount means we have to raise the 20% shortfall. This comes to circa £11,000.00. The total cost of the project is circa £55000.
Whitecraigs Rugby Club secures Scottish Rugby funding from third round of Club Sustainability Fund
Whitecraigs has joined rugby clubs across Scotland to benefit from Scottish Rugby’s third round of Club Sustainability funding after a sum of £1.6million was set aside by Scottish Rugby for investment in the domestic game across a four-year period.
Funding from Scottish Rugby worth over £217,000 will be shared across six clubs following first and second round investments, bringing the total project costs to over £12million across 97 clubs.
£24,125.00 from the SRU.
£19,625.00 from Sportscotland.
Rob Flockhart, President of Scottish Rugby, said: “The Club Sustainability Fund supports clubs and their project ideas as they strive to improve their infrastructures. Together with the BT sponsorship investment, we are helping to improve club facilities for current and future generations.
“We hope such investments will have a positive impact on player participation, retention and development, while also encouraging more vibrant rugby communities to come to the fore.”
Mark Cowan, Head of Facilities, sportscotland said: “Last weekend, Scotland’s national women’s rugby team recorded an historic win against Wales, while the men’s team have risen to their highest ever position of fifth in the World Rugby Rankings. Celebrating those achievements provides a fantastic opportunity to recognise the importance of a strong club structure to support the continued development of the game at every level.
“At sportscotland, we are working with our partners to build a world-class sporting system for everyone in Scotland and this investment in rugby is a key part of the plan. By improving the infrastructure of rugby right across the country, we can provide more and better opportunities in local communities and potentially discover the next generation of Scotland players.”
The funding applications for either capital or revenue projects were assessed by both Scottish Rugby and sportscotland will also provide additional funding to enable many of the ambitious projects to be developed.
The revenue strand aims to help clubs increase their income, membership and relationships with the local community and businesses.
The capital strand will help clubs increase the quantity and quality of rugby participation in their area, by releasing money for large facility improvement projects, such as pitches, floodlights, training and changing areas.
In many cases the Club Sustainability Fund and sportscotland support contributes towards large-scale projects already being developed by clubs and backed by other funding partners such as local authorities.
Third round recipients are listed in the table below.
Club Sustainability Fund – Capital & Revenue strand – third round applications
|Applicant Club||Project Outline||Scottish Rugby Award||sportscotland award|
|Alloa||Clubhouse, changing room & gym development||£50,000||£63,893|
|GHA||Business Development post||£10,000||N/A|
|Irvine||Changing room development||£50,000||£250,000|
|Jed-Forest||Clubhouse, changing room & gym development||£50,000||£80,000|
|Livingston||Upgrade of showers||£33,370||N/A|
|Whitecraigs||Installation of floodlights and improved drainage||£24,125||£19,625|
Many apologies but there is no midweek training this week. The club has made the pitches and the areas around them off limits following the recent awful weather. Hopefully this will mean that the pitches recover and we won’t have any future cancellations.
On Sunday we visit our good friends at Cumnock, weather permitting. It’s an early start with a meeting time of 10.30 for an 11.00 kick off.
Cumnock address is below.
55 Auchinleck Rd,