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New Facilities for all at Bridgehaugh

09/10/2017

New Facilities for all at Bridgehaugh

Stirling County celebrated the opening of their refurbished changing facilities on Saturday the 7th of October with Club President, John Wright joining Jim Richardson from Paterson’s Quarries and Stephen Rees from the landtrust.

The facility has been completely reconfigured to provide 2 new female changing rooms for the first time in the Club’s history. This reflects the huge growth County has enjoyed in recent years within its Women & Girls sections. The Women’s team, who play in the BT Premiership, have seen numbers grow in participation, retaining their place in Scotland’s top flight, and making it into the final of the Women’s Plate competition, held at Murrayfield last season.

However, it is the growth and development of the Girls Section, which has been most impressive, with an U12s team being established this season, joining the already established U15 and U18 squads. Girls’ rugby has existed at Bridgehaugh for several years, but last season proved to be their breakthrough year as the U15s and U18s picked up the inaugural President’s Conference title as well as 7s trophies at both age groups and the National Club Cup at U18s level.

This season, the Girls Section now boasts more than 80 players across the age groups and are competing in the re-vamped Mitsubishi Mirage Conference.
Donna Paterson, Director of Women & Girls Rugby at the Club said “It has taken a lot of hard work by a lot of people to get us to this stage. I am so proud that we are leading the way for Women & Girls rugby in central Scotland and can’t wait to see the growth of the sport continue with these excellent new facilities.”

The girls squads cement Stirling County’s place as the leading youth section in Scotland, as the boys teams from U13, right the way through to U18s, have consistently performed over the years, and are the current title holders of their own conference (the Mitsubishi Shogun Conference) as well as the U18s Club Cup, which they have won many times previously.

The £90,000 transformation project was jointly solely by Patersons Quarries Ltd - money administered by the Scottish Land Trust -  and the Club Committee sees it as an investment in the future of rugby in the City.

President John Wright said “Stirling County RFC is a community Club, and rugby is a game for everyone. We are proud of what we have built here, especially our youth section. We attract players from micros (Primary 1 to 3), right up to our senior teams, and in both male & female squads, from a variety of towns, villages and areas across Stirlingshire & beyond. This facility is a fantastic addition to our provision and is very much an investment that will enable us to continue to develop the sport and the community here at Bridgehaugh.”
 


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