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SRU – Communication: 13 Dec13

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Scottish Rugby statement

Scottish Rugby has been made aware of approaches made to young players in the Grampian region, via email, from an organisation purporting to be Aberdeenshire Rugby.

We would like to assure all clubs that this is totally unconnected with Scottish Rugby, or indeed Aberdeenshire RFC, and that the matter is now in the hands of the police. We will be assisting the Police in their investigation in all ways we can, but would ask all clubs and schools to be vigilant and let us know immediately of any similar approaches to young players via social media.

Scottish Rugby has a long-established system of identifying young players through our network of clubs and schools, the Club Development Officers network and our Regional Academy Coaches, and this process starts when players are in the S2 age group.
Should any of your young players be approached by email by ‘Aberdeenshire Rugby’ or and other agency asking for personal details, we would advise them to immediately notify their parents, their clubs and the police.

TEAMtalk

We’re currently compiling the next edition of TEAMtalk – Scottish Rugby’s grassroots publication that’s sent to all clubs and is available online. We’d love to hear from you about any developments in your club, good news stories, awards or good practice that you’d like to share. Any photos would be most welcome, too – hi res and sent as attachments, preferably. Please forward any material to isobel.irvine@sru.org.uk by 5 January 2014.

December RBS Club Awards Nominations

If you believe someone deserves to be credited for all the extra hours and hard work they put into your club, whether on or off the pitch, why not show your appreciation by nominating them for the Scottish Rugby and RBS; Club, Volunteer or Try of the Month?

Placing your nomination for this month’s club, volunteer or try, is quick and easy to do. Simply follow this link nominations and give some basic detail on the reasons why you think a certain individual or group deserves recognition.

For the RBS Try of the Month award, we will also need some footage of the score.

The closing date for December’s awards is Tuesday 31 December 2013, so get your nominations in before it’s too late.

Each month for the Club Volunteer award, we identify a specific role within the club environment for nomination. For the December award, we want you to put forward a key fundraiser in your club. If you feel they’re worthy of a mention, we want to hear from you.

For December’s RBS Try of the Month award winner, there are two tickets for a home international match up for grabs. The tickets will be awarded to the try scorer and the person who submits the footage.

All monthly winners will be in with a chance of picking up the RBS Club, Club Volunteer or Try of the Season awards at the annual Club Awards Dinner at Murrayfield in May 2014.