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  1. Scottish Rugby : Return to Rugby Guidance and Timeline Update

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    Scottish Rugby recently published new guidance for the Return to Rugby which came into effect on Monday 26 April, along with a new indicative timeline for the easing of further restrictions.

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  2. Roger Bartlett Funeral

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    The funeral service for Roger Bartlett will be at Aberdeen Crematorium West Chapel at 9.30 on Friday 30 April.

    Please contact Gordon Thomson on 07718 905003 / 01224 636002 to confirm attendance as numbers are restricted by Covid regulations.

  3. Roger Bartlett

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    It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Aberdeen Grammar Rugby stalwart, Roger Bartlett, after a long and debilitating illness.

    Born in 1939 in New Zealand, and forever a proud Kiwi, Roger travelled the world in the oil and gas industry before finally settling in Aberdeen in 1977 when he took up a prominent role with oil services provider, Halliburton.

    Roger undertook the role of 2nd team manager for two seasons and was a regular attendee at Rubislaw until a couple of years ago when serious health issues began to afflict him. He was a familiar and popular figure in the clubhouse, a great raconteur and a really social and fun person to be in company with.

    Our sincere condolences are extended to his wife Heather, son Craig and daughter Kiri.

    “Hail fellow well met”, we will miss you Kiwi, rest easy.

  4. Royal Bank Young Ambassador Programme

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    The SRU are launching an ambitious young ambassador programme, with an enhanced offering for a select 10 Young Ambassadors, for all 18-35s across the country who wish to become the next generation of leaders of their rugby clubs and they want to support our Caledonia North Clubs in identifying and nominating strong candidates.

    They will support you to drive positive change at grassroots level in our CN Clubs and Communities, empowering under 35-year-olds to take on responsible committee positions, taking part in executive decisions at their clubs They will provide them with relevant support, engagement, and training to help their clubs survive and thrive, despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic.

    Young Ambassadors will receive:

    • £500 grant to improve their club
    • Royal Bank RugbyForce merchandise
    • A training programme on sponsorship, finance, social media and committee development
    • Support and development from Scottish Rugby’s regional development team
    • Access to an exclusive event e.g. Stadium Tour, Changing Room/Scotland pre-match training access at BT Murrayfield (travel and expenses not included)
    • 2 x complimentary tickets to 1x Scotland Autumn International home match (travel and expenses not included)

    How to register to become a Young Ambassador?

    Got 5 minutes? Do you have big ambitions for yourself and your club then:

    1. Complete the questionnaire:
    2. Answer the 5 questions asking about your ambitions for your local rugby club and how you would look to engage your local community. It’s really simple – we just want to hear your enthusiasm to make a difference.
    3. And if you want your application to stand out why not ask your team’s social media executive to upload a short video onto your club’s social media pages and tag Royal Bank Rugby (@RoyalBank_Rugby on Twitter and RoyalBankScottishRugby on Facebook & Instagram)
    4. You’ll be committing to a couple of hours a month to learn transferable skills, meet like-minded people and chat to Scotland rugby’s greatest stars, past and present.

    So what are you waiting for? Dream big and APPLY NOW …

  5. Alex Forrester OBE

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    It is with sadness that we report the passing of an ex-President of Aberdeen Grammar Rugby. Alex Forrester O.B.E. Emeritus Professor of Earth Sciences and Chemistry and ex Vice Principal of Aberdeen University.

    He was born in 1935, graduated from the then Heriot Watt College and had a highly successful career in academia. His academic career took him to Aberdeen to study for a PhD and he remained rising to Vice Principal. He married Myrna and had 3 daughters, Stephanie, Deborah and Melanie, as well as a son, Gregor. His sporting prowess included being a talented soccer player, turning out for Third Lanark and Partick Thistle, combined with great skill as a batsman for Aberdeenshire Cricket Club. His daughter Stephanie inherited his sporting ability, representing Team G.B. at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 as a tri-athlete.

    Alex came to Rugby later in life and joined the committee of Aberdeen Grammar Rugby in the late 1990’s, becoming President of the club for the period 2004-2006. During this period he also acted as interim Chairman.

    Gordon Thomson, our current Chairman, said “Alex was a fine sportsman and very humble of his achievements in life. He was a calm hand at the helm of the club and was a mentor to myself when I first joined the committee in 2004. Our thoughts are with his family at this time and he is remembered with great fondness by all of us who worked with him at the club”.

  6. Season 2020-21 Subscription and Sponsorship Payments

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    Due to the ongoing COVID 19 issues the SRU Council and Board have concluded that as of today the season for adult rugby and U18 rugby in respect of competitive rugby for Season 2020/1 is cancelled.

    The ongoing health pandemic and associated activity restrictions makes it impossible for matches to be held.  It is hoped that some friendly matches may be played in the late spring, however it is of paramount importance that we protect the commencement of the 2021-22 season.

    All persons who have donated money or paid membership fees for this season are thanked for their assistance in protecting the club in these difficult times.  It would be our intention to extend your membership and player sponsorship to the end of season 2021-22. 

    If any member wishes the money paid to be refunded please contact Gordon Thomson on 01224 636002 or Howard Moles