Dundee rugby clubs’ partnership set to grow rugby in the city

Dundee rugby clubs’ partnership set to grow rugby in the city

Dundee High Rugby and Morgan RFC are joining forces to strengthen the Dundee Titans and Morgan teams and to ensure more players in the city get the opportunity to play competitive rugby.

Sitting in BT Caledonia Reserve League 2, Dundee Titans will create a bridge between Morgan in BT Caledonia 3 and Dundee High Rugby in BT National 1.  A fourth development side is also being planned.

The innovative partnership has the backing of Abertay University who will provide sports science assistance, including nutritional advice, sports coaching, fitness testing, match analysis and in strength and conditioning expertise. This game changing support will help provide a clear pathway for players to progress within the sport in Dundee. Abertay University provide more sports degree awards than any other University in Scotland and are at the cutting edge of Sports Science.

Dundee Director of Rugby, Colin Sangster said: “Joint training will be the catalyst for improvement of all players with a focus on creating a common playing style and culture across this citywide initiative.”

The combined coaching team, led by Colin Sangster and including Phil Goldman, Ian Robertson and Iain Lockhart, will work hard to implement this ethos backed by a robust strength and conditioning programme that will allow players of all levels to reach their potential.

Sangster continued: “We are looking forward to working with the expanded pool of players and to welcoming new players keen to be part of this exciting development for rugby in Dundee.”

The partnership kicks off with an open training session at Dundee High’s Mayfield ground on Tuesday, 26 June (6:30pm). New players are welcome to attend or can email headcoach@dundeehighrugby.club for more information.

 

FOR INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES CONTACT:

Dundee High Rugby:
Gerry Tosh (President)

Tel: 07894658800  Email: media@dundeehighrugby.club

Colin Sangster (Director of Rugby)
Tel: 07778 805626  Email: headcoach@dundeehighrugby.club
Morgan Rugby:
Derek Black (President)
Tel: 07745 156754 Email: dandablack@blueyonder.co.uk

From left: Morgan President Derek Black, Abertay University Head of School of Social & Health Sciences Andrea Cameron and Dundee High Rugby President Gerry Tosh (Photo: Graeme Bletcher)
From left: Morgan President Derek Black, Abertay University Head of School of Social & Health Sciences Andrea Cameron and Dundee High Rugby President Gerry Tosh (Photo: Graeme Bletcher)

Lotto ch-ch-ch changes

We all love bankers, don’t we. They are forever making life that bit easier……..

For reasons known only to the Royal Bank of Scotland, to maintain a cheque facility, it has become necessary to change the Lotto bank account from a Club Savings account to a Club Business account.  The reason given was “new regulations”.  Unfortunately this means that all members Standing Orders will have to use the new account details.  I know it is a real pain-in-the-backside but I hope you will stay with us as this is an important fundraiser for the club, as well as a bit of fun.

To make things as painless as possible we have prepared Amend a Standing Order form  that the Bank assures me is accepted by all banks (this is for £10 per month, so should be changed if you are paying a different amount at the moment).  I have completed sections 2 and 3 that apply to your Standing Order.  You should complete section 1 and sign and date section 4 and then deliver the form to your bank.  The change to a Standing Order can also be done online for members who use this facility.

£10 per month (1)

Both accounts will remain open until the changeover is complete and monthly draws will continue as normal.

The new bank address is  Royal Bank of Scotland, 288 Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, DUNDEE, DD5 2AP

We hope that you get your changes made and this encourages club members not involved to try it out.

So if you fancy an extra hundie in your hippie why not give it a shot.

 

 

International Tickets Season 2017-2018 – Season Passes Available

International Tickets Season 2017-2018 – Season Passes Available

Season Passes to see all of Scotland’s Autumn Tests at BT Murrayfield and the Six Nations Home Matches against England and France are now available through the club.

The match details are

 

Scotland v Samoa                             Saturday 11 November 2017       KO TBC

Scotland v New Zealand                Saturday 18 November 2017       KO TBC

 

Scotland v Australia                         Saturday 25 November 2017       KO TBC

Scotland v England                          Date and KO to be confirmed

Scotland v France                      Date and KO to be confirmed

Season Passes are priced as follows:

 

Gold Sections                     Adult £310           Under 18 N/A

Silver Sections                   Adult £222           Under 18 £137

Bronze Sections                Adult £155           Under 18 £110

 

Any member wishing to purchase season passes through the club should contact the Ticket Secretary, Harvie Findlay (harvie.findlay@btinternet.com) no later than 22 May 2017 when payment will also be due. The club receives commission for all season passes sold.

Forms for individual Autumn Tests and for individual Six Nations matches will be issued to members in due course, probably in August 2017.

 

Venue Change for this Weekend 22nd April 2017 versus GHA

That’s right, we’ve changed venues more times than Lady GaGa changes costumes at an awards ceremony but this time the decision is final!

Morgan Rugby Club

Both 1st XV and Titans will be the guests of Morgan Rugby Club and will play their fixtures against GHA 1st & 2nd XV @ Morgan Rugby Club, Alloway Pl, Dundee, DD4 8UA

Kick Off is 2.30pm, see you there!

Our Sincere thanks go to Morgan Rugby Club for their generous hospitality in allowing us to fulfil this fixture.

 

Special General Meeting

 

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That’s right folks, a special meeting is to be held on Thursday 21st July 2016 @ 8.15pm.  Mayfield Clubhouse.

The focus of the meeting will not be on bel haven best, but on the more important subject of amendments to our constitution.

The end game for this is to make minor changes to our constitution to enable us to qualify for a grant from the Big Lottery Fund and also generally to bring our non-discrimination and child welfare provisions into line with the current requirements of grant-giving bodies.

Let’s make it as good a turn out as the recent AGM!

 

Look below for the agenda and  some moderate bedtime reading. For a copy of the current club constitution, please contact club secretary and equally as exciting Rob Lunn.

 

Agenda
for Special General Meeting

to be held on Thursday 21 July 2016 at 8.15 pm at Mayfield

1. Apologies

2. New constitution for Dundee High School FP RFC; proposed changes are as outlined below.

3. Other Competent Business

Proposed changes:

1 Replace existing Clause IV.3) with:

“3) Membership is open to all and no application for membership will be refused on other than reasonable grounds. There will be no discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, having or not having dependents, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, political or other opinion. If an application is refused by the Membership Secretary, the applicant will have the right to submit an appeal for consideration by the Management Committee and to be informed of the decision of that committee within 30 days.”

2Insert new Clause IV.6) as follows:

“6) The Club operates an Equal Opportunities Policy where no one is denied the right to equal access on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, having or not having dependents, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, political or other opinion. There is equality of opportunity in terms of the playing rights and the rights of members to attend general meetings, vote and hold office.”

3Replace existing sub-Clause VII.1) (c) with:
“(c) In addition, the following appointments shall be made by election at the Annual General Meeting, namely Captains of all senior teams (“post-holders”). For the avoidance of doubt, post-holders are not members of the Management Committee unless separately appointed as such under the above provisions.”

4Insert new sub-Clause VII.10):
“10) The Club is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care. It recognises the responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect children from harm, abuse and exploitation. Staff and volunteers will work together to embrace difference and diversity and respect the rights of children and young people.”

Coach Sangster Rallying Cry for New Recruits

Coach Colin Sangster has declared himself pleased with the start to pre-season and had this message to anyone who is stilling sitting on the fence or undecided if they want to try rugby at our level:

‘Pre-season is well under way, with decent numbers and really good commitment from the players.  We are still looking for any new players who fancy coming along and challenging themselves at National 1 level.  A warm welcome and friendly atmosphere awaits at Mayfield.
If you are interested please contact Head Coach Colin Sangster on 07778 805626 or e mail – rugbydundee727@gmail.com’

Training takes place at Mayfield every Tuesday & Thursday 6.30pm and also Saturday mornings @ 10am.

This Saturday’s session was a big hit with the players, with new Titan’s forwards coach Clint “The Mummy” Davie taking a high octane training. It hasn’t been confirmed if T-bone had to sit this one out again or not, but it wasn’t looking good for the veteran on Thursday.

ClintClint Running enthusiastically at Mayfield

 

Remembering Grant Stout

 

Grant Stout

 

Grant Stout

It is with great sadness that we have to report the recent passing of Grant Stout.
Grant attended the High School of Dundee, where he excelled at most sporting activities, particularly athletics and rugby. He went on to become a valued member of the FP Rugby Club, playing mainly at scrum-half but with the ability to slot in to most positions in the back line – even occasionally in the back row of the scrum! Off the field, he served as Rugby Club Treasurer for a spell, and he was also a founder member of the ‘Shankers’ golfing society.

Although small in stature, Grant had the heart of lion and played rugby with the attitude and confidence of someone twice his size. Never one to shirk a tackle, his bravery on the field was matched, in recent years, by the way he faced up to the illness which cruelly overcame him.

Grant’s sister, Gail, has also been a great supporter of the Club over the years and our sincere condolences go out to her, and of course to all of Grant’s family and friends.

AGM Round Up, A New Pres!

This years AGM was memorable for mayny reasons, firstly this report is being posted at 10pm, which means the discussions/arguments are not still ongoing.

Finished off in record time, it was a very positive general meeting which showed the club in rude health in all fronts, especially financially.

Great credit was given to the club committee,in particular, out going club president Fraser Clarkson.

To say the finances of the club have been turned around is an understatement, and accounts are available to all club members from Club Secretary Robin Lunn.

This was due to a number of very successful fund raising events, where the organisers in chief have been given recognition.

Head Coach Colin Sangster outlined his report of the season and noted positives and his plans to improve for the next season. Paramount to this was improving the Titans and becoming a two team club. It appears the money is also where his mouth is, with recruitment already underway and the back room staff for the titans in place with a team manager, forwards and backs coaches selected.

The main event of the night was the appointment of office bearers for season 16/17. So out with the old and in with the new, sort of……

Club President

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Gerry Tosh, Back to the future for the club stalwart, big boots to fill, following on from Clarkson

 

Vice pres

 

image Sandy Mac, back in the Fray

 

 

 

Secretary

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The man that puts the Sec in Secretary

 

Teasurer – after an emphatic year Matt Scott keeps the reins.

Rugby Convenor

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With more terms than Sep Blatter, Ken Andrew continues as Rugby convenor.

Eagles convenor – Iain Landsburgh

General Committee

Retiring President Fraser Clarkson

Del Boy, the fox back in the hen house to stir things up?

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Derek Lawson

Gavin ” Wee Al’s Apprentice” Robertson

Dougie Gray

Minutes of the rest of the Meeting will be published, but the overall feeling of this year was positive, and if the new committee do half as well as the old it’sgoing to be one hell of a year.

On the playing Side, two new appointments for the comming season

1st XV Captain

AndyDymock Andy Dymock will lead the 1st XV

 

2nd XV Captain

OwenDyerOwen Dyer (Captain Crogger) Titan’s Skip

Following on from a successful Club AGM was the ever entertaining AU AGM.

After some accounts, the vote was on to replace the outgoing Marc Trusswell as AU president. No replacment has been found, but a thanks to Marc for his efforts throughout the year! The search goes on for his replacement.

AU President and Sec for next year will be Derek Lawson & Gav Garden.

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A special mention has to go to Harry Nicol’s comment of the night ” I don’t like Belhaven Best”, thanks for that Harry.

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Unfortunately the Beez for Pres movement fell short, there is always next year Beez! #BFP