This October we are supporting Angus Council with their ASN activity as part of the Get Into Summer funding made available by the Scottish Government.  We are delivering the following sessions:

Autism-Friendly Rugby 5 Day Camp

Our award winning Autism-Friendly Rugby sessions are being delivered for 5 days from the 4th – 8th October.  The sessions are open to all children in P1-P7 with or undergoing an Autism diagnosis or sensory processing difficulties, plus their siblings.  Siblings must also be of primary school age but do not have to have an Autism diagnosis.

The sessions will run indoors at Brechin Community Campus from 10.45am – 11.45am.  The sessions are free to attend.

We have a limited number of places available so are asking people to complete an expression of interest form.  If you are interested in taking part, please complete the expression of interest form here.

What is Autism-Friendly Rugby and what do we do to make the sessions Autism-Friendly?  Click here for more information.

 

Youth Unified Rugby

Our new Youth Unified Rugby sessions provide an opportunity for secondary aged pupils with additional support needs (ASN) to get involved in the team sport of rugby.  Players with ASN play with their peers who act as enablers at the session, creating a fully inclusive, youth rugby environment.

The sessions will start on Wednesday 6th October, and will then continue every Wednesday until December 2021.  They will take place at Forfar Community Campus from 4.30pm – 5.30pm.  They are open to all young people of secondary school age (S1 – Under 18) who are able to walk unaided.  The sessions are free to attend.

If you would like to register for our Youth Unified Rugby sessions, please complete the registration form.  We use this form for all our programmes so once you have completed the generic information (name, address etc), please only complete the sections for Youth Unified rugby.  If you would like more information about the sessions please contact info@strathmoretrust.co.uk.

What is Youth Unified Rugby? Click here for more information.

 

This Friday (13 August 2021) sees the return of Strathmore Community Rugby Trust’s Rugby Academy.

For those of you new to the Academy, the sessions run on a Friday afternoon between 2pm and 4pm from Strathmore Rugby Club in Forfar.  The sessions are free and open to everyone of secondary school age from Forfar, Kirrie and Brechin.  Transport is available from Websters High School and Brechin High School (no cost), Forfar residents are required to make their own way to the Club.  The minibus leaves Brechin at 1.35pm (participants meet at the main reception) and Websters at 1.40pm (participants meet in the school canteen area).

The Rugby Academy is an opportunity to chuck a rugby ball about with friends on a Friday afternoon.  In addition to that though, it’s an opportunity to learn a few key life skills and, for the older participants, gain qualifications and experience too.  Our aim is to Develop People Through Rugby.  A number of our coaches across the sessions are products of the Rugby Academy.  The Trust has supported them through their coaching, refereeing and first aid qualifications and this experience has served them well when applying to college, uni and jobs.  With COVID restrictions being kicked to touch, we plan to kickstart this training again.

If you/your child is interested in attending for the first time please register by clicking on the link – https://app.upshot.org.uk/signup/c5b5abc1/.

For more information about the sessions please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing info@strathmoretrust.co.uk.

This summer there are a number of FREE opportunities for children and young people throughout Angus.  The Trust, in partnership with Strathmore Rugby Club and Angus Alive are helping to deliver this action packed schedule.

Between the 19th and 23rd July there will be a FREE rugby camp at Strathmore Rugby Club.  The camp is open to all children and will run at the following times:

No experience necessary, just a willingness to have fun!!  To register, email activeschools@angus.gov.uk with your child’s name, age, chosen sessions, and an emergency contact number.

Full details of all the activities taking place this summer can be found here – Angus Alive Timetable of Activities.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you require more information.

We are delighted to announce that our walking rugby project for adults has resumed – but now it’s helping locals tackle Lockdown lard and isolation as well as helping build Covid resilience and recovery.

Credit: ASM Media & PR

Our walking rugby sessions began at Strathmore RFC’s ground in Forfar in August 2018. They were designed to allow anyone who no longer feels able to play the regular game but wants to get or stay active to do so through touch rugby – the non-contact, fun, social form of the game.

 

Social element

The free hour-long sessions on Mondays at 6.30pm and Fridays at 9.30am allow participants to meet others with a similar interest and take part in a non-contact version of the game. The sessions have attracted new players as well as former Club players, not only creating friendships but reigniting old ones for chat about the game and the recent Six Nations Championship.

 

The moderate physical exercise is also ideal to help adults shed any Lockdown pounds they’ve gained over the past year as well as help them reduce their risk of severe illness if they catch Covid – by boosting lung fitness – and help those who have caught it recover.

 

No kit needed

The sessions resumed last Friday morning (2 April) and Monday night this week. Sports kit is optional, but participants are encouraged to at least wear comfortable clothing suitable for walking plus appropriate waterproofs or warm clothes as required depending on the forecast for each session.

The Trust’s Community Trust Manager, Maggie Lawrie, explains: “This project has helped ensure we provide opportunities for people of all ages and ability to be more active and therefore improve their health and wellbeing, so everyone is welcome!

 

“The social aspect is as important as the rugby element.  Rugby is a sport built on values and friendships are established and retained for life. I know from our regulars they’ve been on tenterhooks waiting to hear when the Covid unlocking timetable would allow them to meet and play together again”

 

Walking Rugby participant Willie Gray said: “It’s great to be out the house again and be able to do something. We can get back to some exercise and a bit of normality, so it’s great the trust has been able to restart the sessions.”

 

Anyone interested in taking part is asked to get in touch with Maggie via the Contact page on the Trust’s website – https://www.strathmoretrust.co.uk/contact/.

 

For more details, go to https://www.strathmoretrust.co.uk/project/walking-rugby/.

 

Other project restart dates

The Trusts other projects are planned to go ahead in the coming weeks too. The Stracathro Estates Rugby Academy is set to restart on April 23 and the award-winning Autism-Friendly Rugby sessions for primary pupils resumes its in-person version on April 30.

 

Appeal for donations

Because our normal fundraising activities have been severely limited by Covid restrictions, the trust is asking people and organisations to provide monthly donations to support our full range of community wellbeing work, which includes rugby and life skills for secondary pupils, walking rugby for people unable to run and unified rugby to include people with disabilities. Details of how to donate can be found on the trust website at https://www.strathmoretrust.co.uk/donate/.

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 2021 and June 2022.  Each month, there will be 3 prizes of £20.  In the final month of the draw (June 2022), to coincide with the Trust’s 5th birthday, 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 2021.

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

Angus primary pupils are continuing to benefit from the Trust’s award-winning Autism-Friendly Rugby sessions thanks to Zoom and kit bought with Scottish Government grant funding.

Strathmore Community Rugby Trust began its free twice-weekly sessions for Angus Primary 1-7 pupils in 2019. They’re designed to create a positive learning environment for children with or undergoing diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their siblings to have fun while developing confidence and social skills as well as general physical literacy and sporting skills. They also provide respite and social contact for parents and carers.

 

The sessions, which won the award for Pioneering Project at last year’s Scottish Charity Awards, involve activities including a ‘Rugby Ready’ warm-up – fun tag/touch-based rugby games plus sensory activities including proprioceptive input – to create sensations from joints, muscles and connective tissues that underlie body awareness – obtained by lifting, pushing and pulling heavy objects, including your own weight.

 

Funding

When Scotland was first put into lockdown last year the sessions had to stop. However, soon after, Trust Community Project Co-ordinator Maggie Lawrie spotted that Scottish Government funding to help communities recover was being made available via Foundation Scotland’s Response, Recovery, Resilience Fund.  The Trust applied for money to buy kit which would enable the sessions to resume remotely.

 

Thanks to a grant of £1,944 from the fund, the Trust was able to buy the children who normally take part in the sessions a full-size and mini rugby ball, tennis ball, hurdles, cones, a ball pump and a box as well as a Trust-branded water bottle and T-shirt – to help them to feel part of a team.

 

Then, just as the Trust planned to start delivering the sessions via Zoom at the end of July, a change in social distancing guidelines for Under-12s enabled it to instead resume the face-to-face sessions. However, because the Trust was aware tighter Covid restrictions were likely to return later in the year, it sent the remote sessions kit out to the children’s families.

 

Zoom sessions

Once we went back into Lockdown after Christmas, the plan to deliver the sessions remotely was dusted off and, since January 15, Community Project Leader James Kiely and the coaches who normally lead each group at the sessions have been leading it remotely via Zoom calls, with the children split into four groups to limit the numbers and not overwhelm them.

Although they can’t fully replicate the usual sessions because, for example, they couldn’t send out tackle bags, the Trust’s staff are doing their best to challenge the children in different ways while they’re at home through foundational movements, with two or three activities per session – such as animal walks, ball skills and balance challenges. Breakout rooms are used to give one-to-one coaching where necessary.

 

Benefits

The benefits for the children include maintaining some of their normal routine, providing the sensory input they need and developing their social skills. Parents have reported that the branded T-shirts and bottles have, as hoped, helped them feel part of a team. Being at home with their parents while taking part also helps them feel comfortable.

“The overriding thing, though, is the genuine joy and excitement each week from the kids to be able to take part in rugby again, see their friends and to chat with the coaches, says Maggie Lawrie. “It’s amazing seeing how well they are responding to the sessions.”

 

Neill Birse, whose eight-year-old daughter Saskia takes part from their Carnoustie home, says: “I think the Trust’s Autism-Friendly Rugby is outstanding! Saskia gets a lot out of the sessions as it keeps her engaged and maintains the routine that so many autistic children need. Sunday morning is rugby and Saskia is always up and ready, waiting to log into her session.

 

“A lot of kids’ clubs have stopped during lockdown, but this club keeps going. Thank you guys!”

 

James Kiely added: “The sessions have been great for the kids who’ve been able to join in as they give them a chance to interact safely with their coaches and the other children. Saskia in particular has really surprised us with how well she has been doing with the online sessions. While in person she would occasionally drift in and out of sessions, online she’s been able to fully engage with the coaches and even managed to show the other kids on the call some of her favourite animal walks!”

 

The Trust plans to continue the Zoom sessions until Scotland’s path out of Lockdown allows the face-to-face ones to return.

 

Appeal for donations

Because its normal fundraising activities have been severely limited by Covid restrictions, the Trust is asking local people and organisations to provide monthly donations to support its full range of community wellbeing work, which includes rugby and life skills for secondary pupils, walking rugby for the less mobile and unified rugby to include people with disabilities. Details of how to donate can be found on the trust website at https://www.strathmoretrust.co.uk/donate/