Funding for coaching secured

LOCAL schools in the Garioch area will receive rugby community coaching from Garioch Rugby Club thanks to funding received for the project from the Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER Programme.

At their meeting held earlier this month at Port Erroll Public Hall in Cruden bay, the LEADER programme awarded funding of almost £100,000 to ten projects across Aberdeenshire. Amongst those receiving funding was the Rural Schools and Community Coaching Project managed by Garioch Rugby Club, which has been awarded £11,950.

The Club will introduce a programme of community schools coaching in primary and secondary schools in the Garioch area, which aim to provide a “taster” of touch rugby and ensure every pupil will have access to a term of rugby coaching.

Commenting on the LEADER funding, David Fyffe, vice-president of Garioch RFC said, “Garioch Rugby Club is delighted to receive LEADER funding support which will help us take forward our community programme of health, fitness and skills training throughout the Garioch area, in co-operation with our local schools.

“Garioch Rugby Club is proud of our achievements as a club; this funding recognises the contribution we can make and will help us to ensure that our smaller rural communities can benefit, in the same way as the larger towns in our catchment area.

“It will also encourage our local sponsors and the Scottish Rugby Union to continue their highly valued support for the club.

“We are grateful to the Rural Aberdeenshire LEADER team for their advice and support in securing this funding.”