Through it’s relationship with the Holywood Trust, Annan Rugby has gone from strength to strength over the past few years.
The Club now has a healthy ‘OneClub’ Ethos and currently field 2 senior male and a women’s XV. Some of the players breaking through into the senior teams have been products of our youth section.
In addition to the senior teams the Club now have teams from P1 – P7, U14 & 16 boys and U15 &18 girls.
The Club has received Regional and National Recognition for its youth development work attaining the coveted BT Scottish Rugby Club of the month ands Team of the Year award in 2015/16. It’s coaches have also been recognised regionally for Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year (over 25) and Young Volunteers of the Year (U25). One of the club’s coaches, whose training was directly funded by the Hollywood Trust, also went on to achieve Sports Scotland Youth Coach of the Year, UK Children’s Coach of the Year 2015 and BT SRU Youth Coach of the Year for 2015/16.
On the field our first XV were Champions of BT West Division 2 in 2015 and Annan Warriors gained promotion to BT Womens National League 1 in 2017, having only been in existence for 3 years.
In 2016 the Club’s U15 girls in their first year, under the coaching of Annan’s Development Officer, won the National SRU Bowl Competition at Murrayfield with the U18 team beaten finalists in the same competition in 2017.
The Club was also chosen by the SRU to be a HUB Club for the development of Women and Girls Rugby.
Through the partnership with the Hollywood Trust, the Club has formed a strong connection with Annan Academy and its Cluster Primary Schools and has been heavily involved in supporting the development of boys and girls rugby at secondary level across Dumfries and Galloway, hosting games and Regional School Tournaments at our ground at Violetbank.
The Club has also invested significantly in a new floodlights for one of its pitches and training areas, to assist in the ever increasing demand from the various additional youth players and teams in particular. These have been used to good effect for CPD training courses and youth games.
The Club is also looking to expand its changing and related facilities to meet with the increased numbers of both young persons and adults participating in activities at the at the Club.