Rugby club tries for prize
Moffat in running for national award
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.