In June 2014 members of the University Rugby, Football and Golf clubs spent 4 weeks in Stellenbosch coaching in underprivileged areas. We have created a link with Stellenbosch University and their community interaction programme which aims to promote development, particularly of women and children through sport.
While in South Africa the students undertook a course in sustainable community interactions run by the university and visited projects in townships and rural areas which Stellenbosch University supports.
The aim of the trip was to establish a sustainable project in the local community which will be able to be carried on by students in Stellenbosch and St Andrews over the coming years.
The project itself will consist of giving the children an introduction to our sports and using it as a tool for developing life skills and aspirations in areas with a high rate of poverty and little foreign input.
University of St Andrews RFC community outreach work for term 1 culminates tomorrow with local community rugby festival at Station Park. The project, in partnership with SportScotland, Active Schools, Fife Rugby and Saints Sport sees members of The Saints men's and women's teams coach after school rugby in the local primary schools for a 6week period of contact rugby before the schools face off against each other in the festival. All the student coaches have gone through rugby qualifications to be able to coach and gain significant experience of working in the community. Well done to all those involved.
Every November the Rugby Club hosts a black tie ball - the Movember Ball, with the gentlemen of the club styling fasionable facial hair in order to raise money for charity.
The second annual MOvember ball (a charitable resurrection of the infamous Rugby Club Christmas Ball) saw 150 guests descend on the Scores Hotel towards the end of Novemeber 2013, for a three course dinner and Céilidh.
The Ball was held in conjunction with our larger MOvember campaign and in support of Wooden Spoon, the rugby charity selected for fundraising in memory of Steve Sims. The Club put in a concerted effort to raise money for this special charity this year and we are delighted to announce that we have raised over £1000 for Wooden Spoon.
Along with the dubious MO-growing efforts of November (over £100 given straight to WS) and the MOvember Ball that followed, donations were also kindly given by spectators at this year's floodlit games.
The Club thanks all donors kindly and looks forward to further charitable work next year.
Every summer a number of experienced sports students work in the Lusakan and rural based communities in Zambia. For several weeks they work on the UK Sport international development and leadership programme with two Zambia NGOs: Edusport and Sport in Action.
In Zambia our students have an amazing time working alongside Zambian coaches to deliver sessions to children in the communities of Lusaka as well as spending time coaching in rural areas near the capital.The coaching sessions delivered by our students are mainly based around football, netball, volleyball and basketball. However, the sessions are also used to put essential health messages across to the children on prevalent issues such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and sanitation etc.
Two of our students are also selected each year due to their counselling skills, as this is another arm of the project that the St Andrews students are involved with as counselling sessions are delivered to the Zambian children alongside their sports sessions.
The Men's Rugby Club is one of four Focus Clubs within the University which means they receive support from the Department of Sport and Exercise ranging from fitness testing to educational seminars relating to improving performance in sport.
RUGBY UNION PROGRAM
The University of St Andrews has developed the most advanced rugby program in Scotland which offers student athletes a range of coaching, training and support opportunities, allowing them to excel in their sporting achievements.
The rugby pitches at University Park in St Andrews are the home of Saints Rugby and renowned across the country as amongst the finest in Scotland. A fully floodlit training pitch is complemented by the new fully floodlit Rugby 4g pitch, one of only two in Scotland.
The Rugby Club is run by two student committees, one for Men's Rugby and one for Women's Rugby, both of which are responsible for the club's off field management and both led by a full time Director of Rugby, David Ross.
St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.
The University of St Andrews RFC is proud to announce the creation of a supporters club, the 1858 Club, which enables alumni, friends and family the chance to invest in the future of rugby at St Andrews and provide the very best facilities, training and experience for future students.
Rugby has been played in St Andrews for over 150 years, since the rugby club's foundation in 1858. A founder member of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU), the club was the nursery of Scottish rugby football in the 1860s and the birthplace of 'passing' the great feature of the back game.
HALL OF FAME
In 1871 three St Andrews students represented Scotland in the first ever international rugby fixture against England. In total, the club has produced 22 international rugby players who between them have gained 150 caps, including 4 British and Irish Lions and 8 Barbarians.
Captaining The Saints is a huge honour for any student coming to study and play rugby in St Andrews. In 1986, the role of captain was split in two for the first time, with off field duties assigned to the Club Captain leaving the 1st XV Captain to concentrate on the club's on field performances.
In 2008, the club celebrated 150 years of rugby in St Andrews with a special week of events which saw the South Africa Rugby Legends take on the Scottish Legends on University Park, a coaching clinic for local kids and culminated in the Sesquicentennial Alumni Dinner.
The Scottish Varsity Match between the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh takes place every year in London, following the inaugural match back in 2011 and dates back more than 150 years predating the annual Oxford versus Cambridge Match.
ST ANDREWS 7s
Since its inception in 1970, the St Andrews Seven-a-side Tournament has grown to become the largest student run 7s in the UK, with teams from around the country returning to University Park at the end of April each year to fight for the historic Drummond Trophy or Stanley Plate.
The club turns out three Men's teams and one Women's team on a Wednesday in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships. Men's and Women's 1st XV squads play in the Premier 1A leagues, and participate in the BUCS Cup competition, with the Men's 2nd and 3rd XV squads in the lower tiers
Along with the Rugby Club's charity work, the Community Outreach Program, in partnership with SportScotland, Active Schools, Fife Rugby and Saints Sport sees members from Saints Rugby coach after school rugby in the local primary schools for 6 weeks.
The University of St Andrews Rugby Football Club is very grateful for the kind and generous support of sponsors KPMG, Alliance Trust, Kukri and Nutrition X. Click on the link below to find out more about our sponsors and the sponsorship opportunities available.