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  1. Royal Bank Young Ambassador Programme

    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: http://rbssurveys.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eYgnJW3TZZ4s5D0
    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 … http://bit.ly/3kWqgdH

  2. Alex Forrester OBE

    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”.

  3. Season 2020-21 Subscription and Sponsorship Payments

    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 g.thomson.t21@btinternet.com 01224 636002 or Howard Moles howardmoles@btinternet.com.

  4. Rod Seib Coaching Job

    Rod Seib, club captain 2002-2006, has a new job as assistant coach at Super League club Brumbies in Camberra.

    The full story can be found here.

    Supporters will remember Rod as a classy full back with a remarkable ability to collect his own chips over the heads of opponents.

  5. Chairman’s Message

    Firstly, an apology that this year my communication to club members, supporters and sponsors is so late in arriving with you. Fundamentally, with the ever-changing Government advice and medical landscape, it has taken until now to develop some level of confidence in our plans for season 2020/21. Hopefully, you will understand and empathise.

    In this context, it has been very difficult to predict what would emerge from the SRU on the fixture side and to set budgets accordingly. This said, we have already incurred costs and will continue to do so, whether we play or not. It is critical that Aberdeen Grammar Rugby survives this crisis in a fit state to recommence in the future as the North-East’s Premier Club continuing a fine competitive tradition. Accordingly, we are asking all our followers to dig deep and contribute to the coffers, fully realising this is a big ask with so little rugby action available, so many restrictions currently in place and personal economic challenges.

    Despite these obvious issues, greetings and I hope this letter and accompanying documents find you well and coping in the very strange environment through which we are passing. Like every part of society, the Club has had to adapt to the various measures imposed by the Government and we remain unsure of what lies ahead between now and May 2021.

    Within this pack are your membership forms and player sponsorship form.  Anyone making a donation, or paying a membership fee, will receive their membership card for the season, which allows them access to home games throughout the season (when permitted) and access to the Club Centre. We currently face a minimum reduction in SRU grant funding of 32%, which may be further reduced to zero funding, if there are no spectators allowed in grounds during the 6 Nations and the Union’s income drops substantially as a result.

    We live in a time of great uncertainty and I have endeavoured to highlight the known position regarding Rugby for the season ahead.

    FIXTURES: 1stXV home games will be played at Rubislaw, commencing on 31 October 2020 when we host Dundee High Rugby in the blended Premiership/Nat 1 stage of the season-long cup competition (and for the Dally Allardice Trophy). 2nd XV play in the Caledonia 2 competition. Fixture Lists for 1st and 2nd XVs will be on Scottish Rugby Union and Aberdeen Grammar Rugby websites (www.scottishrugby.org/fixtures-and-results/club-rugby/www.aberdeenrugby.org.uk).

    CLUB CENTRE: will be open throughout the season with home matches being streamed on You Tube and screened in the Club Centre (subject to prevailing social distancing restrictions) and accessible on the internet from other remote locations.

    COACHING TEAM: Led by Ali O’Connor, assisted by Iain Stanger, Eric Strachan, Duncan Massey, Greig Ryan and Rod Aspe (Strength & Conditioning)

    MATCH DAY STAFF: Medical support continues with Dr Louise McCullough, assisted by Keith Raymond and his team of physios.  John Stewart has been appointed Team Manager.

    TRAINING/SQUAD: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Rubislaw has been inaccessible (until 1/10/20) and training has been at Sheddocksley , including the mini and midi sections. The senior playing squad currently numbers approximately 65 and sessions have been well attended with a number of new faces, giving us better depth for both first and second XV’s.

    NEW PRESIDENT: Colin Neilson was elected Honorary Club President at the AGM in July. Thanks to Jim Rae for his service during his second stint in the role.

    INTERNATIONAL TICKETS: Due to Covid-19, we will have no access to International tickets this season, as it is highly unlikely there will be spectators permitted.  Even if some are allowed, the numbers will be seriously restricted, the SRU proposing a ballot system.

    SPECTATING: At the time of writing, it is still not clear if spectators will be permitted at our matches, although this should be clarified by 31 October.  There is ongoing dialogue with the Scottish Government and we are hopeful that this matter will be resolved imminently.  The streaming of the matches to the Club Centre is being planned as a fall-back, in case the current ban remains in force. Screening on You Tube will also facilitate remote viewing.

    SPONSORSHIP: has been difficult this season, due to the economic climate, lack of access to international tickets and the restricted use of the Club Centre, due to Covid-19 measures preventing us from hosting pre-match corporate hospitality. However, we are delighted that The TAC Healthcare Group has stepped up its support with a new two-year shirt sponsorship deal. Thanks. Obviously, we would welcome any philanthropic corporate contributions and/or sponsorships to tide us through the season, particularly as SRU funding may be withdrawn.

    So, now you are as well informed as your hard-working Committee, which has continued to meet throughout the past few months, albeit on internet conference calls. There has been much to discuss, as the context has been constantly changing. I am confident this great Club can survive and flourish with your continued enthusiasm and support.

    As always, I look forward to catching-up with you over the season, whatever it may end-up looking like.  Anyone wishing to discuss the Club or looking to support our activities can contact me on g.thomson.t21@btinternet.com or M.07718 905003  W. 01224 636002.

    Gordon Thomson

    Chairman & Director of Rugby

    Aberdeen Grammar Rugby

    2020-21 Membership Form: Adult Membership Form

    Player Sponsorship Form: Player Sponsorship Form