Cambuslang RFC is delighted and incredibly proud to announce that we have been recognised as one of the top community clubs in Scotland with “Champion Club” status from Royal Bank Scottish Rugby for the second year running.
This is terrific achievement and well-deserved recognition for everyone who continues to make our club a great place to play, socialise and celebrate rugby.
All the more reason to come down and celebrate once the club reopens soon!
As Cambuslang Rugby and Sports Club work to get back to our much loved sport into August, Scottish Rugby has launched a new Covid-19 E-Learning Course in line with Stage 3 Return to Rugby guidelines to help us all.
This free course aims to develop people’s understanding of Scottish Rugby’s Return to Rugby Roadmap and key public health advice in line with the Scottish Government guidelines.
All Cambuslang coaches and match officials must complete the course before taking part in any Return to Rugby activity and will form part of the minimum operating standards for 2020-21 Cambuslang’s new season.
We also recommend this for Midi players, mini rugby parents and any volunteers.Stewart our Covid-19 Safety Coordinator will be coordinating the completion of the course by all coaches (all age groups) before activity resumes. The course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and is accessible on all internet enabled devices, including smart phones and tablets
Good afternoon to all Rugby Club members, both Seniors and Juniors, I hope everyone and their families are well and have managed to avoid any adverse health effects of COVID -19. These recent times have been highly eventful and have affected us all at work, at school and at home but unfortunately there has been no Rugby to keep us fit, active and occupied. The latest SRU information issued on Friday 3 July indicates that the earliest we can expect to start playing matches is September for the Juniors and October for the Seniors, yes possibly 3/4 months away!
With the recent announcements issued by Scottish Government and the SRU, I wanted to bring you up to speed on how this affects your Rugby Club and tell you what is happening (or not happening). It was our intention and we were preparing to have the Function Room bar opened and also offer outdoor facilities in line with Scottish Government guidelines. However, unfortunately I have to inform you that the ceiling above the stairwell in the Clubhouse has fallen and although the area has been cleaned up we need to arrange for repairs. We have obtained quotes from contractors and consulted with insurers but the work to repair the ceiling is unlikely to start until mid July and be completed around the beginning of August. We have no option but to keep the Clubhouse closed during this period. We do not have a formal opening date yet but will keep everyone informed and we can reassure you we will open as soon as we possibly can.
During this lockdown period, the SRU have been very active in keeping the clubs informed through email communications and webinars referring to the best guidance for returning to play. Several of you will have followed the SRU information issued. Part of the requirements are for the clubs to appoint a Safety Coordinator and I am really pleased that Stewart Barnett has agreed to take on this role. If you need to know what he will be doing then consult the SRU website, but he will need your assistance on all Covid-19 health and safety aspects so please cooperate.
It is heartening to see both the Senior and Junior playing members have been keeping occupied carrying out virtual training and skills sessions and thanks to all the coaches who have devised these sessions. Following on from the playing season, congratulations are due to all our highly talented Junior rugby teams and the award winning coaches and a special well done to Jack Denton our 1st XV player of the season for some outstanding performances. Although there has been no rugby recently, the Rugby and Sports Club committee have been communicating and meeting regularly to ensure the clubhouse and grounds are checked to hopefully make sure we get an opening day in early August. Funding has been applied for and to date we have been successful in getting our fair share. Jackie’s morning constitutional takes him around the facilities checking the rooms and changing rooms, safety and security. John McLaughlin has prepared an initial Return to Open the Facility document in line with Scottish Government guidelines with Elaine Farry involved in preparing risk assessments. Thanks to all the hard working committee.
The recent SRU Webinar issued on the 3rd July, gave some dates for upgrading our rugby training and hopefully starting games in October although some dates may change. The Clubhouse is there for us all to use and enjoy and I sincerely hope this will be available for us to share in the not too distant future. We are doing everything we can do to open up for you all to enjoy.
Kind regards and stay safe, and enjoy your virtual training,
Yours in Rugby.
Alan Swanson, President Cambuslang Rugby and Sports Club
With the 2019/20 Season officially over, and no confirmation of when we can hold our annual club dinner , we can announce our award winners for Season 2019/20. Many congratulations to our worthy winners, here’s to seeing you all on the field again soon.
1st XV Player of the Season- Jack Denton
The main award goes to Cambuslang’s favourite Zimbabwean, Jack Denton. Arriving at the club in the summer of 2019, Jack was perhaps initially better know for his more famous older brother which immediately gave him something in common with his new club captain Euan Jones.
Jack’s strong running and solid tackling have been a feature the 1st XV squad all season- he has been at the heart of all our best performances and a shining light in the tougher days.
Hopefully we can all raise a glass at home to congratulate Jack for being an excellent addition to our club, on and off the park.
Most Improved Player- Gregg Oheme
Our next award goes to Gregg Oheme, well deserved recognition for an excellent breakthrough season with strong performances in the back 3 and covering at scrum-half. Gregg consistently hits above well above his weight and offers a really exciting skillset in attack. Well done Gregg.
Young Player of the Season- Cameron Oheme
Not to be outdone by his wee brother, our Young Player of the Season is Mr Versatile Cammy Oheme. Featuring in the back-row as well on the wing, Cammy never fails to put his body on the line has become an invaluable player for the 1st XV. Great work Cammy.
2nd XV Player of the Season- Simon Dick
Been a pleasure to see Big Si back in a Cambus jersey this year, adding some classy touches and valuable leadership to the 2s. Here’s to some more appearances (and outrageous dummies!) when rugby resumes.
Try of the Season- Kris Hughes
Next up is our Try of the Season award which goes to Kris Hughes for a cracker against Strathendrick. Great score, here’s hoping Kris emerges from lockdown injury-free and ready for more of this next season. Watch the try HERE. Thanks to Weegie Rugby for the footage and continued excellent coverage of the West of Scotland rugby
As several of you may know, it is with great sadness that I have to inform the Membership that Ian Stark passed away on Sunday 26th April. Ian was a stalwart supporter of the Mini and Senior Sections of Cambuslang Rugby Club for many years and served on the Committee as Bar Convener. Ian and his wife Penny were great supporters of the Club’s social functions until recent years when they moved to live in Dumfriesshire and latterly Ayrshire.Our sympathies are with the entire Stark family at this particularly sad time.
This Friday… 24th April at 11am…We will be saying our final goodbye to our much loved Dad, Granddad and beloved husband – As a family we ask that you all at this time, take a minute to think and remember him fondly as we will be. We have chosen this very fitting poem to help us celebrate dads life and I am sure he would like it if everyone read it aloud during this very sad time.
Yesterday we lost a great friend of Cambuslang Rugby Club. Bill Stark passed away in hospital where he was being treated for an infection. Bill had been a long standing member and committee member of both the Senior and Junior Sections of the Club, acting as President for several years and more recently as a Trustee. He was a familiar face at games and took a keen interest in the results each Saturday during the season. He was in attendance at the recent Doddie Weir Charity Lunch held at the Club with members, sponsors and guests and his photo along with his close pals appears on our Facebook page.
Cambuslang Rugby Club was a large part of Bill’s life together with his family and he will be greatly missed by us all. Our thoughts are with Margaret and his family at this sad time.
It is with great sadness for me that I must advise that an old worthy of the Club and good friend, Tug Wilson, passed away in hospital last night. Tug had not been well for some time but enjoyed his visits to watch the 1st XV games at home this season giving his verbal support and taking a couple of beers afterwards while analysing the game with friends.
Tug, a submariner, was a valuable asset to the Club, playing in the front row for the 1st XV back in the 80/90’s, coaching both Senior and Junior teams and an invaluable House Convenor for several years after the new clubhouse was opened. Cambuslang Rugby Club was a big part of Tug’s life.
Tug’s presence will be missed around the Club and our thoughts are with Yvonne, his children and grandchildren at this sad time.
Our talented P5 Coach David Henderson has been recognised as Coach of The Year for 2019/20 at this years Cambuslang and Rutherglen Sports Council annual awards. David was recognised for his journey into the world of coaching, continued commitment to developing as a coach and building knowledge for the benefit of others at Cambuslang RFC Junior Section. David is a real bastion of our rugby community and we are delighted that to see him recognised externally.