Lochaber Rugby Club kicks ahead with new committee for changed times

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Lochaber Rugby Club has unveiled a new-look committee which is now busy making preparations for the months ahead and all the changes that protocols dealing with coronavirus bring for community sports clubs.

The committee welcomed faces old and new who have already met virtually and are now looking forward to continuing the sterling effort of the previous season, having endured the significant challenges and changes that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the Banavie-based rugby club and the local community.

Covid-19 protocols have been implemented in line with Scottish Rugby guidelines and the club has been expertly assisted by Dr John Wallace, acting as club Covid safety co-coordinator, supported by a number of Covid team leaders and assistants who have ensured the club can continue to provide training for their junior and senior sections safely.

Newly appointed club president and former first XV captain Charlie Donaldson told the Lochaber Times this week that community is at the heart of everything that happens at the Banavie club.

‘We’re a core values-driven club looking to develop our players, coaches and opportunities for all as we look ahead to 2021 and beyond,’ he explained.

‘The pandemic has been very hard on the local community and has impacted our club as well. The new committee and I will be pushing on with plans for the future, ensuring the club can prosper and continue to instil our core values that include leadership, respect and enjoyment.’

Mr Donaldson went on to thank all those who had supported the club in the recent difficult times, saying: ‘I would like to say a warm thank you to all that have supported and continue to support Lochaber Rugby Club.

‘We have endured a challenging few months and recognition must be made to the former committee members who have worked tirelessly to ensure the club remained a strong part of the community and as a base for so many people’s enjoyment, laughter and sense of purpose. Thank you.’

In other Lochaber RFC news, the club received £250 as a ‘Legend Club’ from RBS Rugby Force as part of their continuing investment in grass routes rugby.

It has also taken delivery of its new Rugby Force support pack of training equipment – balls, marker cones and some other items – to assist with Covid-19 precautions.

Due to the restrictions in place the club’s traditional Rugby Force work party weekend was unable to go ahead.

However,  following a successful phased return to youth and mini rugby, Lochaber RFC are now happy to accept new players from P3 to S6. Saturday morning session times for Mini Rugby P3-P7 is 9.30am to 11am and Youth Rugby S1-S6 is from 11.30am to 1pm at Banavie.