Sunday 12th August saw Bishopton Rugby host our 2018 Royal Bank RugbyForce Day. This year we set ourselves several goals in order to make the coming season one to remember, and they were no mean feats – they included:
- Resizing and moving the pitch
- Raising new posts
- Deep cleaning and clearing out the changing rooms
- Updating of facilities in the previously unused 3rd changing room
To help out with all these task and many more we were please to accept the help of over 30 volunteers from throughout the club and also the helping hands of Scotland and Glasgow Warriors Ryan Wilson and Jonny Gray to help with some of the heavy lifting required.
The day started as early as 7:30am with a dedicated crew out early doors in order to finish the preparations on the new pitch markings to ensure that the new post positioning would be spot on. As the day moved on the foundations for the posts got deeper and the hard task of raising the posts into position started. All in it took around 20 people to man the support ropes and heave the posts into position no easy feat. This was made evident when First XV stalwart and the man in charge Matthew Wallace shouted ‘Right down the other end and we go again!” There was disbelief that there was no rest in-between the two posts going up. But its always best to get the hard jobs out the way early on.
With the posts in place and the more specialised building work going on around the back of the club with the Front Row leading the charge in cousins Ryan and Boab Moore, lending their trades as an electrician and joiner to help get the previously unused container to a place where we can start proper work on it. This will become very useful for the club moving forward now that the ladies section is up and running allowing the ladies to make this their own space.
While this was ongoing back out on the training area Ryan Wilson and Jonny Gray were getting to meet the future of Bishopton Rugby and putting our junior section through their paces in a series of handling and bag exercises. Jonny then took to playing touch rugby with members from our Senior, Ladies and U18s team and in this time Ryan was teaching the juniors a new trick that could be very handy in keeping an opposition guessing just what you might do next. This was all followed up by a Q+A session for the whole club.
The day was rounded out when Bishoptons Royal Bank RugbyForce Young Ambassador Andrew Carey got the chance to put some questions to the Scotland Caps.
All in it was once again another outstanding day down at Holmpark with members from all areas of the club coming together to show what makes our club great!