Our Royal Patron, HRH The Earl of Forfar, has joined participants in our Walking Rugby project, and talked to some of the young volunteers we’ve developed into coaches as we celebrates our fifth birthday.

As part of an afternoon of visits to community projects in Forfar, The Earl of Forfar visited the Inchmacoble Park home of Strathmore RFC, where the Trust, started by its Chair, Stuart Gray, in June 2017, runs a number of projects designed to increase public participation in sport to benefit their health and wellbeing and develop young people into healthy, positive members of the community.

The Earl was welcomed by Her Majesty’s Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Angus, Mrs Robina Addison OBE, before being presented to Angus Deputy Provost, Councillor Linda Clark, Mrs Margo Williamson, Chief Executive of Angus Council, Stuart Gray, Trust Manager Maggie Lawrie and Bob Baldie, President of Strathmore RFC.

Walking Rugby

His Royal Highness heard about the aims, benefits and rules of play of our Walking Rugby project for adults physically unable to play conventional rugby from Trust Community Project Leader Jim Kiely while seeing its coaches and participants playing, before joining in a short game himself.

Next His Royal Highness, who became the Trust’s Royal Patron in August 2020 after seeing some of our projects on his July 2019 visit to Forfar alongside The Countess of Forfar, met Trust staff and volunteers in the Clubhouse.

There His Royal Highness spoke to Community Project Worker Blair Butchart and young Community Project Assistants (CPAs) Arron Jackson, Euan Duguid, Mia White, Lily Campbell and Hamish Cumming.

Developing young people

Most of them have progressed from the Trust’s Rugby Academy – which provides secondary school pupils with life and rugby skills in term-time Friday afternoon sessions – to voluntary coaching of its award-winning Autism Friendly Rugby and on to becoming paid CPAs as well as playing for Strathmore RFC and pursuing sports-related careers via college courses.

Finally, The Earl cut the Trust’s fifth birthday cake before departing.

The Trust was founded in 2017 to increase public participation in sport, particularly rugby union and rugby league, in the Forfar, Kirriemuir and Brechin areas to benefit community health and wellbeing as well as develop young people into healthy, positive members of the community through the positive ethos and values of rugby.


We pursue those goals through eight projects for people of all ages and abilities, including rugby for primary children with or undergoing diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their siblings, Walking Rugby for adults, Unified Rugby for adults and youths with disabilities and a Rugby Academy for senior school pupils to learn life as well as rugby skills.

The Trust’s work, done in partnership with Strathmore RFC, Brechin RFC, Scottish Rugby and Scotland Rugby League, has been recognised at the Scottish Charity Awards with the Pioneering Project Award in 2020 for the ASD rugby project and is partly funded through sponsorship from local businesses and organisations as well as national charitable bodies such as The National Lottery.

‘Brilliant people’

After becoming Royal Patron in 2020, The Earl said: “It is charities like Strathmore Community Rugby Trust and the brilliant people that run them that provide such wonderful opportunities for all. This is an organisation that the community of Forfar and Angus should be proud of and I sincerely hope that with your support and encouragement will continue to grow and flourish.”

Speaking about the visit of our Royal Patron, Trust Chair, Stuart Gray, said: “We’re greatly honoured to have His Royal Highness visit the Trust again, this time in his role as our Royal Patron, as we mark five years promoting and aiding health and wellbeing for all ages through our rugby-based projects.

“Thanks to all involved, including our funders and sponsors as well as our partners Strathmore RFC, Brechin RFC, Scottish Rugby and Scotland Rugby League, for their continuing support. We’re keen to speak to potential sponsors about projects we plan to launch in the coming months.”

To find out how you can help the Trust, go here.

To get involved, have a look at what we offer and contact us.

In 2019, Strathmore Community Rugby Trust started delivering our award-winning Autism-Friendly Rugby sessions in Forfar. The sessions have grown beyond our expectations and with that has come the realisation that there is a need for more Autism-Friendly activity, and also the lack of opportunities available for organisations to understand how to make their sessions truly Autism-Friendly.

We have developed a training course to help other organisations deliver Autism-Friendly activity, sharing the knowledge and expertise we have gained delivering our Autism-Friendly Rugby sessions. The course is split into two parts, the first part focuses on understanding Autism, the second looks at how we have adapted our activity to make it Autism-Friendly. Although we use rugby as the example, the methods we use could be applied to many different settings. This could be anything from delivering dedicated Autism-Friendly sessions at your sports club or school, to understanding how to involve someone with Autism in your mainstream activity, giving session leaders the confidence to do this and also the knowledge about what the individual needs.

Autism-Friendly Sport Training Course Part 1 – approx. 3 hours.

Delivered in conjunction with PABSS (Positive and Active Behaviour Support Scotland). The course is designed to give participants a better understanding of Autism. It helps participants understand challenging behaviours and how they can help someone with Autism. It identifies common problems people with Autism face and what we can do to help. Finally, it discusses sensory processing behaviours and looks at how physical activity can help someone with Autism.

Autism-Friendly Sport Training Course Part 2 – approx. 3 hours.

This section focuses on putting the theory into practice. It guides participants through our Autism-Friendly Rugby sessions, explaining what we have done to accommodate the needs of the player and why. Experienced coaches provide real life examples of some of the situations we have been presented with and encourage participants to identify ways they could support someone with Autism to take part.

For more information about how to sign up to a course please email info@strathmoretrust.co.uk. Details of upcoming courses are listed below. We are also happy to look at delivering a course for your organisation. If this would be of interest, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Upcoming courses

Brechin Community Campus, Duke St, DD9 6LB, Thursday 7th and 14th July 2022 – Book here

Brechin Community Campus, Duke St, DD9 6LB, Saturday 22nd October 2022 – Book here

Strathmore Community Rugby Trust are running a lottery to help raise vital funds to support our community projects. For the price of two fish suppers, you can make a difference to someone’s life! Not only that, you have the chance to win your money back and more!

How it will work:

Each ticket is £12 and gets you entry for the full year (the equivalent of £1 per month!)

The lottery will be drawn every month between July 2022 and June 2023.  Each month, there will be 3 prizes of £20.  In the final month of the draw (June 2023) there will be an additional prize of £250.

There are a maximum of 500 tickets so the odds of winning each month are not bad!!  All players will be allocated a number for the duration of the draw.  Results from the draw each month will be posted on the Trust’s social media pages and the winning numbers will be contacted.

Entries close on 30th June 2022.

How to Get Involved:

To purchase your ticket click here and complete the registration form.

Remember, you have to be in it to win it!!

Good luck!!

Angus Council Lottery Licence No: 482, Strathmore Community Rugby Trust, Inchmaboble, DD8 1RL

We are delighted to be offering a number of different sports camps for both primary and secondary school pupils in Angus with a free lunch included, as well as sessions for those under 5s during the Summer Holidays. The mornings will offer up multisports sessions for Primary aged pupils with the afternoon hosting our Rugby Academy camps which any secondary aged pupil is welcome to come along to whether they’re part of the Academy or not.

Strathmore Community Rugby Trust are running these sessions in partnership with Strathmore Cricket Club and Forfar Community Sports Hub and are being supported by Angus Council holiday food and fun provision. The available sessions and booking links can be found below.

Under 5s sessions:

We are delighted to be offering two session a morning of multisports for under 5s in Angus with a free snack included. 

Session 1
10am – drop off and registration at Strathmore Rugby Club

10.45am – Pick up and grab a snack

Session 2
11am – drop off and registration at Strathmore Rugby Club

11.45am – Pick up and grab a snack

Book here


Primary multisports:

We are delighted to be offering a morning of different sports for Primary school aged children in Angus with a free lunch included. 

10am – drop off and registration at Strathmore Rugby Club

12 midday – Pick up and grab a lunch

Book here

Secondary Rugby Academy camps:

We are delighted to be offering an afternoon of Rugby Academy for young people in secondary school in Angus with a free lunch included. It doesn’t matter if you are currently part of our Rugby Academy, these sessions are open to everyone so why not come along and give it a go, no experience necessary!

12.30pm – Lunch and registration at Strathmore Rugby Club

3pm – Finish time

Book here

Vice Chair – Strathmore Community Rugby Trust

Founded in June 2017 and based in Forfar, Angus, the purpose of Strathmore Community Rugby 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 pupils, 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 ‘Developing People Through Rugby’.

Following the retiral of an existing Trustee, we are now seeking interest from people for the newly created role of Vice Chair. This position has been created to improve the sustainability of the organisation following a period of significant growth.

Skills/Experience Desired

While knowledge of sport is an advantage, we are committed to selecting trustees based on their ability to do the job for which they are being recruited. We encourage applications from all sectors of the community.

Commitment Required & Remuneration

Trustees generally meet quarterly.  The Vice Chair would also be expected to develop and lead sub-committees and to support fundraising events.  The role involves working with the Chair to provide oversight and support to the employed staff, assisting with strategic planning, ensuring robust governance is in place and acting as an ambassador for the Trust.  Board members are expected to make a minimum three-year commitment to this role.

While this is a voluntary role reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

Further information about Strathmore Community Rugby Trust can be found on our website www.strathmoretrust.co.uk.  For further information about the roles please contact Stuart Gray, Chairperson, chair@strathmoretrust.co.uk.

Applications should be in the form of a CV and a covering letter outlining why you want to be involved with Strathmore Community Rugby Trust and what skills and experience you would bring.  Closing date for applications is Sunday 12th June.

Join us on Saturday 18th June, 10am-3pm, for our Community Fun Day at Strathmore Rugby Club, Inchmacoble Park.

The day will consist of a walking rugby tournament, a mini assault course, local stalls, and much more! Definitely a day for all the family. We’re delighted to say that the Calcutta Cup will also be there so why not come along and get a photo with it!

The event will be FREE entry, however some activities may have a small fee.

All current covid safety measures will be put into place.

If you are interested in having a stall, then please drop us a message at info@strathmoretrust.co.uk

For entries into the walking rugby tournament please use this link (Entries close Friday 3rd June 5pm) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walking-rugby-tournament-tickets-329729689377