Ross High Rugby Club – at the heart of the community
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.