Extract from Craig Young’s Report to the Club AGM
15 May 2015
“I’m delighted to announce tonight that Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, as Patron of Scottish Rugby, has agreed to come to Linlithgow in July to formally open the new Club and Community Indoor Training Centre on the 8th July. This is a major coup and has been some time in the planning, but we’re only now able to confirm this. More information on our plans for the day in the next couple of weeks.
A lot has been happening behind the scenes recently and today I am delighted to announce that the Club has been successful in securing support in three key areas of operation:
First of all, money from Scottish Rugby to support a part- time Business Development Officer for one year. This is money from BT which is being channelled to support clubs to become more sustainable. It has enabled the Club to take on a part-time Business Development Officer (Helen Morrison) for a year – we’re ahead of the game, as Helen is already in post as our discussions started last year with Scottish Rugby. Helen is tasked with generating increased revenue and sponsorship, developing and streamlining our back office functions and marketing the Club.
Secondly, we have received an award from sportscotland over 4 years to support additional coaching for our youth players, developing and utilising senior school players as coaches. This Youth Development Scheme was developed by Nick Chadwick and will tie closely into the work of Dougie Thomson and the age group coaches.
Thirdly, working with the new Headteacher, Karen Jarvis, and Scottish Rugby, we have been successful in securing support to establish a School of Rugby at Linlithgow Academy, which means additional curriculum time for rugby.”