Evolution not Revolution
As incoming President I feel that now is the time to update all members on our plans for the future. As you will see below and in line with the Vision statement given by Colin Sangster at last years` AGM we have now progressed to the final steps for all the component parts viz Dundee High, Dundee Morgan, Dundee Junior Rugby, Eagles and the Girls/Women`s teams to join together as one i.e. Dundee Rugby Club.
The information below will, hopefully, show us as an energetic, forward thinking and ambitious Committee who, with your support, will create a special Club for all in Dundee
For the last two years Dundee High and Dundee Morgan Rugby Clubs have been working in partnership towards creating a brand new Rugby Club in the City. A club combining the rich history and tradition of both High and Morgan with the energy and success of High`s constituent Junior Sections, Dundee Junior Rugby and Dundee Eagles along with Women`s Rugby. This exciting new vision will play under the one banner of “Dundee Rugby “based at Mayfield and Alloway Place.
Our mantra has been “Rugby is changing in Dundee – come and join us “and that invitation is extended to all those interested in the future development and growth of the game in Dundee.
For too long now Dundee has been Scottish Rugby`s sleeping giant with little or no rugby being played in schools and Senior players being in short supply. Our aim is to re-energise the City by creating a Club which will play not only at the highest levels of Senior Rugby but also across a variety of age groups, genders and leagues with a pathway from P1 to U18 and then on to Senior level.
As a past President Morgan Rugby I am delighted to take up the reins as President of Dundee High Rugby from retiring President Gerry Tosh after his 11 years of sterling service. This is a key demonstration that the Dundee Rugby community is moving forward and ringing the changes in the coming months, creating one club.
Former High School President Gerry Tosh said “this is an imaginative demonstration of clubs committing to the future of the game for all in the city”
The SRU have indicated support for this and through Scottish Government cash back scheme is supporting the creation of a new Development Officer post to encourage more rugby to be played in schools. Director of Rugby, Colin Sangster, will supervise the post which will be hosted by Leisure and Culture Dundee. Abertay University will continue to bring Sports Sciences support to the new Club as former High School stalwart Alan Brown takes over as Head Coach with a team of Coaches supporting at all levels in the Club.
When we get back to rugby (post COVID 19) Alan is bursting to get going with a new chapter in his coaching career and welcomes players to get in touch.
As well as the Dundee Rugby Club developments, an exciting new venture will be up and running soon in the form of a Charitable Trust which will endeavour to help develop pathways of youth rugby development in Dundee.
As someone who has played, coached and been a Club administrator in Rugby in Dundee for over 50 years this is the most exciting development I`ve ever been involved in.
Our ambition to provide a seamless pathway from P1 to U18 to Senior Rugby means huge opportunities for all involved.
Your Committee is fully behind this exciting and bold venture and with your help and cooperation we are determined to see Dundee Rugby rise to take its place in the highest echelons of Scottish Rugby and I look forward to seeing you on the touchline as we work together to achieve our ambition.
Derek Black (President)