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Currie RFC, Malleny Park, Balerno EH14 7AF
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President John Muir's message for Season 2012-2013
Rugby, that great team sport we all enjoy, has received an enormous boost this summer with the fantastic series win in the Australasian tour, beating Australia, Fiji and Samoa in their own back yards. Currie had no small part to play in the tour with 2 ex players playing for the national team. Mattie Scott, who started at Currie and played at all levels with the club from P3 to 1st XV, before gaining a full time contract with Edinburgh and full International honours. Tom Brown gained his 1st cap playing in Newcastle NSW against Australia after only his first year as a full time professional. What a year it has been for both of them because they also played in the Heineken Cup quarter and semi finals for Edinburgh. We must not forget Mattie’s brother Fergus who took part in the U20s WC in South Africa and who captained the team in one game: he was a product of the Currie youth system just like Mattie.
Everybody at Currie strives to do the best for the club, be that as a player, coach, volunteer, administrator, staff or supporter and to see success on the pitch at International level from past Currie players gives everybody a lift: to see what can be and is being achieved at Currie. Success is not only gauged by winning, but just as importantly, especially for the Minis and Midis, by enjoyment of the game. When watching the youth players play on Sundays it is great to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment from the players, coaches and volunteers. Therefore it is so important for the first 10 years from P1 that the players are allowed to enjoy the game, and this could lead to more players like Mattie and Fergus coming through the ranks to play 1st XV and Pro rugby.
This coming season we are hoping to start on improvements to an area of ground we have leased from the Council and turn this into a new pitch for the Minis and Midis, as well as upgrading the old changing rooms. To achieve this large undertaking we have applied to Scottish Rugby for grant funding and if successful in our application we hope to start work before the winter. This is a large financial undertaking the club is taking on and your support over the next 2 to 3 years is vital to making it a success. All of this is necessary due to the ever increasing playing numbers at youth level – the future players for our club at Senior level.
Once again it is the time of year when membership subscriptions are due: prompt payment would be greatly appreciated, and why not ask a friend to join: there are various types of membership which are all great value for money, which means there is something for everybody.
We have a great club structure with over 13 teams, up to and including Senior rugby, with the 1st XV being the main ‘shop window’ for the club: so come along and show your support for the players and be entertained.
Looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the season.
John T Muir Club President