Club History

Ross High Rugby Club – at the heart of the community 

Boasting two adult teams and a flourishing youth section, Ross High is keeping the long-standing tradition of rugby in Tranent going strong as well as providing a popular watering hole for locals, with regular entertainment and events – both sporting and social.  All pupils are encouraged to take part in social functions in the clubrooms including under 18s discos and parties. 


The game of rugby has been played in Tranent from as far back as the 1920s but the current club was formed in 1969 by a group of former Ross High School pupils.

When it was first formed, the club used a variety of local pubs and halls for its post-match hospitality but, in September 1979, the present clubhouse at Blawearie Road was opened. The opening of the clubhouse sparked a great increase in interest in rugby in Tranent and on a few occasions just after the club opened Ross High was fielding five senior teams.

Senior Success

Since then, Ross High RFC has steadily worked its way up the leagues and the first XV’s achievements have included gaining promotion four years in a row from National League Division Six to Division Two. The team then took just two more seasons to reach National League Division One. Then finally the heights of Premiership 3 for two seasons.

The ‘Firsts’ also scooped the ERRS Whistlers Trophy in 2000/01 as well as winning a number of seven-a-side tournaments over the years and making two semi-final appearances in the BT Bowl competition.

The second XV competes in the Edinburgh Seconds League and has enjoyed great success in recent years, providing a great springboard for players to progress to the First XV. 

As well as league commitments, Ross High regularly hosts touring sides from all over the country and sometimes from outwith the UK.

Youth Development

The club’s biggest asset is its extremely strong youth section. All of the present First XV players have come up through the youth set-up and more will join them next season from the present Colts team.

Ross High is committed to ensuring that all youngsters in the Tranent area have the opportunity to experience rugby at some level and that those interested in the game can progress.

The club has an under 18s team (Colts), under 16s, under 14s and under 13s as well as the Ross High Raiders – the collective name for the primary one to seven teams, made up of boys and girls from all of the seven primary schools in the Ross High catchment area.

In 1997 the appointment of a Youth Development Officer, Ross High displayed its commitment to youth rugby. The YDO appointment was the first of its kind by a club in Scotland and his work with local primary schools and Ross High School swelled the ranks of the youth section with new talent.

Mark’s role includeded regular weekly practice sessions of non-contact New Image or TAG rugby at each of the seven local primary schools, backed up by a fun rugby festival for each age group throughout the academic year. 

The then YDO, Mark Urwin, has since taken on the role of School Sport and Physical Activity Co-ordinator at Ross High School, encouraging every pupil to improve their health and fitness by taking part in a range of sports including rugby, hockey, basketball, football, badminton, volleyball, athletics and even yoga and street dance.

Senior pupils are also encouraged to take part in coaching courses run by East Lothian Council’s Sports Development Officers. The pupils gain invaluable skills and work experience by coaching junior school teams.

In August 2007, the Ross High Rugby Football Club in partnership with Machinery Bindery & the Scottish Rugby Union created a new post; Club Community Development Officer.  The new role and current post holder, Michael Davidson (email: remit includes overseeing both the curricular and extra curricular at all nine feeder primary schools.  As well as rebuilding the Minis: Ross High Raiders at the rugby club on a Monday and Wednesday evening.

At Ross High Rugby Club, parents are also encouraged to get involved, with opportunities ranging from coaching, supervising, team management, first aid, administration and many more. Coach education is provided by the Club Community Development Officer and the Scottish Rugby Union.


For the players, both senior and junior, the club’s facilities include changing rooms and showers and a dedicated fitness suite which includes machine weights and free weights. Regular physiotherapy advice and treatments are also available.

Ross High also boasts a large function suite available for hire to members.  It can comfortably stage events for up to 120 people and has its own PA system, disco lights and music system. We also have an Event Management Team whose members are on hand to offer advice on various issues such as the hire of discos and bands, catering and any other requirement you may have to make your event as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

At the weekends we run an exciting programme of social events including discos, live bands, quiz nights, cheese and wine evenings, casino nights and race nights. We also show live televised sporting events such as the Six Nations Championship, Formula 1, golf, horse racing and many more.

As well as evening entertainment and televised sport, the club also hosts a number of larger-scale events including sevens tournaments, summer barbecues, beach trips, and rugby tours – both senior and junior.

Other Sports

The Ross High Ladies’ Hockey Club is based at the Blawearie Road clubhouse. They play and practice on a weekly basis on the artificial pitch situated in the Ross High Playing Fields and are always ready to welcome new members.

The club also runs a Darts team, which competes at a local level

So – whether yourself or your children would like to start playing rugby or you would like to support your local team on match days, get involved in another sport or just have somewhere friendly and welcoming to socialise – make Ross High Rugby Club your first stop for fun, friendship – and rugby!

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