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training . We find this hugely beneficial for everyone involved . As a very small club it helps enormously to bolster our numbers at training , allowing many of the drills to be practised more effectively for both teams . It also allows both age groups to learn the same calls and training ground moves , which definitely allows for an easier transition to the senior game . Another clear bonus is how well the U18 team come to know the senior players socially and vice versa . Our U18 players are the ‘ younger brothers ’ of our senior team – always figuratively and often literally !
WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURS TO BE A COMMUNITY CLUB ? Without a doubt , yes . The club is a huge part of the local community , and the community are a huge part of the club .
In a close-knit rural area like ours , there ’ s a real sense of belonging within the club . It ’ s a safe space for young people to be and somewhere they can learn the important values of friendship , teamwork and responsibility . They are also encouraged to take ownership of their club and they learn from the senior players around them .
We offer free membership and coaching to all of our junior players . This is only possible due to the tremendous effort of our very many volunteers . There are no paid positions at Newton Stewart RFC ( excepting our Development Officer , Jamie ). Every coach , player , committee member , volunteer and parent helper plays their role out of a love for the game and for the club .
WHAT ARE THE FACILITIES LIKE DOWN AT NEWTON STEWART RFC ? We have very basic facilities at Bladnoch Park currently , but this is under development ! With the help of funding from SportScotland and the SRU we were able to put in substantial drainage and reseed our main pitch three years ago which has massively improved our playing area .
The secondary part of that project is the building of new changing rooms and a strength and conditioning suite . Thanks to the generosity of a lot of local people , and grants from various sources , the funds for this are now in place and groundworks have begun on the new building . We look forward to seeing that come to completion in early 2022 .
PLEASE FINISH OFF BY TELLING ME WHAT MAKES NEWTON STEWART SUCH A GREAT CLUB TO BE PART OFF ? Newton Stewart RFC is fantastic club to be involved with . There is such a tremendous sense of unity , camaraderie and team spirit at every level of the club , from micros to senior level .
Player Jamie Muir Thomas MacDonald Martin Wallace Liam Brawls Robbie McCornick Russell Morton Fraser Morton David Gaw Robert Service Mark McCornick Malachy Wright Jack Gaw Ross Campbell Calum Gaw Duncan Skimming James McMiken Fyfe Paterson David Adams Mark Craig
Personally , I get so much enjoyment out of my involvement at the club – the atmosphere in the clubhouse after a big game or a sponsors ’ lunch is just incredible . I just love being a part of all that . One of our former players used the hashtag # onelove one day when talking about NSRFC and I think that sums it up perfectly !
PLAYER SPONSORS The club would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for sponsorship of the players .
Sponsor Eric Hyslop Ltd NMR Machars Vet Services K Forsyth Iain Russell & Co Digger Hire ATD Electrical Arbrack Farming R G Contracting Luce Bay Plant Hire The Galloway , Wigtown Briars Engravers James Erskine Mark Borthwick ABC Leisure Academy Vets K Forsyth A Paterson Designs Breedon Aggregates Wallets Marts
DIARY DATES SONS Lunches Our SONS lunches this year will be on :
• Sat 15th Jan 2022 v Peebles ( LADIES DAY )
• Sat 26th Mar 2022 v Dumfries RFC
CONTACT THE CLUB Bladnoch Park Wigtown Newton Stewart Dumfries and Galloway DG8 9AB
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