Up the Mighty…
Do your kids love sport, getting covered in mud and having a great time? Of course they do and the answer is to come along to the Mighty McLaren Mini Rugby Club on Saturday mornings.
The club is open to girls and boys of primary school age and our key focus is to provide a safe fun-filled outdoor experience for kids as they learn about rugby. The club is Scottish Rugby Union-affiliated with 60 playing members and has been going since 1990.
This season McLaren Mini Rugby Club has been enjoying one of its most successful seasons ever. It’s a great way to build confidence in kids and to make friends from other local schools. We have players from Tyndrum to Dunblane and everywhere in between, but we’re always looking for new players, especially Primary 1s.
The coaching staff are a dedicated bunch of rugby ‘legends’, both past and past it, who are committed to the club and the kids. For the Primary 1s and 2s, it’s all about running and having fun, with a game of bulldogs the firm favourite at the end of each Saturday morning session.
From Primary 3, the teams play touch rugby games and tournaments that are competitive but focussed on participation for all. These fixtures always end with a hot dog or a burger for the kids - and sometimes even the adults!
If you go past the playing field behind Callander Primary School on a Saturday morning at 9am during the school term, you’ll see kids in their black and yellow training tops having fun and getting muddy. Sometimes it’s most fun in the rain. Every member gets their own ‘team name’ and most have this proudly printed on the back of their training kit. It’s a special moment (or a difficult one, depending on your point of view) for parents to see their little darling transformed into ‘Crusher’, ‘The Missile’ or ‘The Hawk’, and it all adds to the fun and team spirit!
The 2018/19 season started in August with ‘Rugby Force Day’ https://youtu.be/mdcbfYYOQA0
This is an SRU initiative to get support for grass roots rugby and aims to encourage more girls and boys into rugby. This involved obstacle courses, cross bar challenges, tackle the parent and other fun games, all helping the kids understand the basics of rugby.
The club has played in four tournaments this season so far at Stirling County, Tillicoutry (Hillfoots RFC), Dundee & Fintry (Strathendrick RFC). We’ve enjoyed great success - the P4s and P5s have won all four tournaments and focusing on the kids enjoying themselves is certainly paying off, with some great performances from all involved.
Primary 4 National Champions 2018 (@Dundee Eagles)
From L to R Back Row (Backs): Brodie Horne, Oscar Underwood, Joel Gudgeon, Archie Colquhoun.
From L to R Front Row (Forwards): Blane Forbes-Hayes, Jamie Suttie, Bruce Fowler, Jake Johnston, Calvin McIntyre.
The P4s have just started to tackle this season and love getting stuck in. Their defensive strength coupled with some amazing running and free flowing try scoring have hit the spot to beat teams from Crieff to Mackie (Stonehaven) and from Glasgow to Currie in the Borders.
The P5s are getting to grips (literally) with the more physical side of the game and their commitment, skills and great passing moves have seen them unbeaten this season.
Primary 5 National Champions 2018 (@Dundee Eagles)
Primary 5 Coach – Andrew Fowler
From L to R Back Row (Backs): Kier Mather, Sandy Bateman, Alastair Ruskell, Archie Little, Ruaraidh Fowler.
From L to R Front Row (Forwards): Thomas Picton, AJ MacMillian, Jamie Campbell, JJ McIntyre.
These great performances have meant that the club is one of seven clubs to be selected by the SRU to take part in a Festival of Rugby at the Oriam Facility in Edinburgh. This festival will be filmed throughout and used as part of the SRU’s development programme internationally.
We hope to keep you up to date with regular reports, so this article is to introduce you and your kids to the Mighty McLaren Mini Rugby Club if you don’t already know who we are.
Feel free to come along to see what it’s all about or contact Head Coach, Richard Underwood on 07824 885218 for more information.
Up the Mighty!!!