Rugby club tries for prize

Mof­fat in run­ning for na­tional award

The Galloway News - - DRIVE TIME EXTRA - Sharon Lip­trott

The win­ners of the an­nual Sun­day Mail and sportscot­land Scot­tish Sports Awards will be crowned this week and the com­pe­ti­tion is as tough as ever with Mof­fat Rugby Club high on the list of fi­nal­ists.

Now in its 12th year, the event which is spon­sored by sportscot­land – the na­tional agency for sport – cel­e­brates ex­cel­lence through­out Scot­tish sport by re­ward­ing sports­men, women, teams, schools and vol­un­teers for their out­stand­ing achieve­ments in 2018.

Among those in the run­ning for the var­i­ous top awards are Mof­fat Rugby Club which has been nom­i­nated in the Lo­cal Club of the Year cat­e­gory. The Rams are up against Ed­in­burgh Beach Vol­ley­ball Club and Team United Sports (foot­ball for autism) in one of the most com­pet­i­tive cat­e­gories.

Hon­orary Pres­i­dent of Mof­fat Rugby Club, Ash­leigh Dou­glas, said: “It’s great for the re­gion to be rep­re­sented at such a big award cer­e­mony and we feel ex­tremely priv­i­leged to be nom­i­nated for such a big award but to be se­lected as a fi­nal­ist is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing.

“A small club run com­pletely by vol­un­teers, we turn up and do what we do but it’s not just about the rugby, it’s about be­ing part of the town and en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity.

“The club could not sur­vive with­out the sup­port of lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses and you can’t take that for granted. Our com­mit­tee are al­ways happy to give back where we can.

“We are very for­tu­nate that our founders worked hard to se­cure our club­house and ground out­right so we have a home to call our own but that also means we have to main­tain it and keep the funds com­ing in to make sure we are sus­tain­able and our tiny core of vol­un­teers are hugely com­mit­ted.

“The club will be 25 years old in 2019 and it will be a fan­tas­tic start to the cel­e­bra­tions for our sil­ver an­niver­sary year to have this recog­ni­tion whether as a fi­nal­ist or a win­ner. It’s a fan­tas­tic boost to our hard-work­ing com­mit­tee and vol­un­teers and ev­ery­thing they do and will con­tinue to do.”

Chair­man of sportscot­land, Mel Young, said: “It’s been an­other mo­men­tous year for Scot­tish sport at all lev­els with our ath­letes once again show­ing they have what it takes to win medals against the very best in the world.

“But it’s not just at a per­for­mance level where sport is hit­ting the head­lines. At­ten­dances at the na­tional Ac­tive Schools pro­gramme have reached 7.3mil­lion – an all­time high. There are also now 192 Com­mu­nity Sport Hubs in op­er­a­tion across the coun­try, fur­ther in­creas­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“And just in the last few weeks we an­nounced that a record num­ber of schools – 673 in to­tal – have achieved a School Sport Award for putting school sport at the heart of their ethos. It’s cer­tainly been a year to re­mem­ber.”

Visit www.sport­first.sportscot­land. org.uk/ar­ti­cles/eyes-on-the-prize for de­tails on the full short­list for the Sun­day Mail and sportscot­land Scot­tish Sports Awards.

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