The Scottish Rugby Development Awards celebrate and recognise the efforts of players, coaches, match officials and volunteers from the domestic game across all five regions of Scotland.
And it was a day to cherish for Langholm, who collected the East accolade for Tennent’s Community Club of the Season.
Langholm Rugby Club, of East Region Two, has a large team of committed volunteers who work incredibly hard, to not just make the club a success, but to bring about positive change in their local community that has unfortunately suffered great economic loss in recent years.
The club has delivered countless initiatives to benefit the sport in its area. It holds over 20 weekly sessions in curricular and extra-curricular periods at Langholm Academy and its associated cluster primary schools, and for children of nursery age with ‘Rugby Tots’.
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One of the most promising developments is the growth in the girls’ section, with over 15 girls attending weekly extra-curricular training sessions.
Langholm also delivers health-related activities for local schools as part of health weeks and as part of the curriculum.
Finally, the club started Veteran Touch Rugby Sessions for both males and females, allowing adults to reap the benefits of social fitness and being more physically active.
There was further success for the Borders at the awards as Finlay Hamilton, of Duns RFC, was named Mitsubishi Motors Young Volunteer of the Season for the East.
Scottish Rugby’s eastern regional director, David Drummond said: “It’s so important to celebrate the achievements of the hard-working volunteers we have in our game and this was all about recognising and rewarding their dedication to our sport.
“Across both regions, we have so many passionate and committed people who give up so much of their time to help others take part in rugby.
“Sharing the day with them, presenting them with their award and getting to know our winners and their guests was both a privilege and inspiring.”