The Trust would like to say a massive thank you to BBC Children in Need for their amazing support.  We have been successful in securing some funding which will help us continue the work we do to benefit local primary school children with autism for the next 3 years. This is particularly relevant as we start to come out of lockdown.

We do however still need a regular stream of funding to allow all our programmes to carry on, as well as help us to develop new programmes to allow us to benefit more people within our community.  If you would like more information about how you can support the Trust please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

By now you will all be aware James is producing two challenge videos a week for you to try at home.  How are you all getting on with them?  Don’t be afraid to share your videos with us and give the video alike.  By liking the video (and sharing it) you are helping us promote the Trust’s work far and wide.  The videos from June were:

Remember we would love to see videos of you trying these challenges (can you do better than James??!).  If you don’t follow our social media pages already the links are at the bottom of this email.

We have a few big announcements in the coming months which we are very excited to share with you!  We can start today by announcing that we are changing our name to Strathmore Community Rugby Trust.  We feel this change better reflects what the Trust does and the area we work in – the Strathmore Valley.  We partner with both Strathmore and Brechin Rugby Clubs and currently deliver activity in Forfar, Kirriemuir and Brechin.

We are very excited that our Autism Friendly Rugby programme has been featured in the June edition of Rugby World magazine!  It’s out in the shops now so feel free to pick yourself up a copy.  This edition focuses on “inclusive and diversity” and features some cracking examples of what can be achieved through our wonderful game.

James has been busy again this month creating #challenge videos for people to try.  Below are the links to the videos he has created throughout May:

Remember we would love to see your videos of you trying these challenges (can you do better than James??!).  If you don’t follow our social media pages already the links are at the bottom of this email.

Strathmore Community Rugby Trust is now registered to receive donations through Amazon Smile. We would be very grateful if you would consider selecting the Trust as a charity to donate to when making Amazon purchases to help us continue the work we do. To do this visit Thank you!

The Trust held it’s AGM on Tuesday, 19 May 2020.  Please find below a brief report from our Chair, Stuart Gray.

During the 19-20 financial year the Trust has continued to grow. We have successfully launched our autism-friendly rugby project and Brechin High School projects and look forward to continuing to develop these as we can. All other projects are continuing to perform strongly, and we are now seeing the softer results of the projects.

We’ve had a change in our trustees with Mike Kiely coming on as Secretary and bringing a wealth of health & safety and HR experience. The employment of Maggie has seen us take a next step as an organisation and the recent recruit of Jenni Cameron will further support our next steps.

Our income for the year was £93,704 which was mostly due to grant funding with significant funding from RS MacDonald and the Bank of Scotland. Our expenditure was £66,627. Our bank balance at year end was £91631 of which £84037 are restricted funds. These restricted funds are mostly for staffing costs.

Looking forward we have some big developments and announcements coming as we plan our future growth.



For those of you who follow our Facebook and Twitter pages you will have seen we have been uploading a few challenges for you to attempt each week.  James is going a great job with these but we are keen to see some of your efforts too so don’t be shy, please share your videos!

If you have missed any of the challenges the links to the video’s are below.  Personal favorite is the caterpillar!

Bear Crawl –

Duck Walk –

Crab Walk –

Frog Jumps –

Caterpillar Walk –

Banana Roll –

Chimp Walk –

Speed Endurance Drill –

Community Trust Administrator – The Strathmore Rugby Club Community Trust

Founded in June 2017 and based in Forfar, Angus, the purpose of The Strathmore Rugby Club Community Trust is the advancement of participation in rugby union and rugby league. We achieve this through our community rugby projects which include a Rugby Academy for secondary school age males and females, Walking Rugby for the less able, an inclusive rugby team for adults with learning disabilities and Autism-Friendly Rugby for primary age children with autism. Each project is designed to meet our vision of ‘Delivering People through Rugby’.

To support the growth of the Trust we are now recruiting for a Community Project Administrator to work 8 hours per week (including some evenings and weekends).

Principal Duties & Responsibilities:

The successful applicant will have a good knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, excellent communication skills and be self-motivated with the ability to work using their own initiative. Experience of supporting fundraising projects for charities or community groups, an understanding of rugby, union or league, and safeguarding and GDPR would be beneficial.

An SVQ Level 3, an HNC or equivalent experience is the minimum requirement for the post.

Salary: £19,550.00 per annum pro rata

Applications in the form of a CV and covering letter should be submitted to Stuart Gray, Chairperson,

To request the full job description or ask any questions please contact the Chairperson.

Closing date: 22nd March 2020

An Angus sports charity set up to develop people through rugby is enjoying more success by helping a 16-year-old Edzell girl realise her dreams on and off the pitch.

Niamh Pert was one of the founding members of the Stracathro Estates-sponsored Rugby Academy launched by The Strathmore Rugby Club Community Trust in 2017 and is well on the way to achieving her career and sporting dreams with the help of the trust.

The academy runs free sessions for S1-S6 pupils from the Forfar, Kirriemuir and Brechin areas 2-4pm on Friday afternoons during termtime with the objective of developing them as individuals as well as players. To that end they receive coaching in life skills such as nutrition, cooking, communication, first aid and yoga as well as playing and refereeing rugby union and league.

Niamh got involved through a friend and has gone on to play for Caledonia Midlands, a selected training group for girls’ rugby development which is part of the pathway to the Scotland Squad. She’s also developed her role with the trust – becoming one of its Community Project Assistants, who help run its groundbreaking autism-friendly rugby sessions for primary children launched last year and coaching some of the rugby sessions.

The development she’s gained has given Niamh the confidence and some of the experience required to target a career as a physiotherapist. She’s now studying for the necessary Highers at Brechin High School and applying to university physiotherapy courses.

Speaking about her dream and how the trust has helped, Niamh said: “The Stracathro Estates Academy has helped me develop my skills both on and off the pitch and build my confidence.

“Doing a job that combines my love of science with my love of sport seemed like a good combination. The trust has allowed me to gain qualifications and experiences to help my course application stand out, including work experience with Angus Physiotherapy.

“It’s also given me loads of opportunities I wouldn’t have had, including qualifications such as my UKCC Level 1 coaching in rugby, first aid and refereeing and work experience. I’ve learned and improved loads of other skills which will help me throughout life, such as good communication.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise had and I hope other young people like me use the trust to gain these and other opportunities.

“On the field, the trust experience has encouraged me to join several rugby teams – Strathmore Sharks, Tayside and Fife Girls Rugby Squad and Dundee Rugby in addition to Brechin Pirates, where I started. My favourite thing about Rugby Academy is that I get to train alongside the boys and be challenged in ways I don’t get at my regular training.

“I’m now using my rugby connections to try to go to New Zealand to work and play rugby for six months between school and university. Thanks to the connections I’ve made through the trust, this dream is looking like it could be possible

“I’ve also made friends from different schools I never would have met if it wasn’t for the academy.”

Trust Chair, Stuart Gray, said: “Niamh took to rugby very easily with coaches commenting on her natural pace. Her sidestep has also dumbfounded even the most experienced coach during the touch rugby games!

“Niamh started volunteering with the autism-friendly rugby last summer and was confident and empathetic from the start. She is a brilliant example of what we hope to achieve with the Stracathro Estates Rugby Academy and we look forward to supporting her further.”