Your online local sport by Millar Stoddart

Lanark Eagles - Flying higher than ever before

Lanark Eagles

Starting young - David Murdoch and his youngest son Gregor who, a few years later, is now an Eagle!


An Uplifting Post Lockdown Story

‘Mighty oaks from little acorns grow’ – A quote made by one the Lanark Eagles coaches recently following another successful Sunday morning training session.  Lanark Rugby Club started their junior section The Lanark Eagles for boys and girls between Primary 1 & Primary 7 on the 15th of May 2015 on a sunny Friday afternoon.  Since that time we evolved to train regularly on Sunday mornings.  May 2020 should have seen us celebrating 5 very successful years but it was a very different time for everyone and rugby in particular being shut down since March.

However since the easing of restrictions the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) have worked tirelessly and closely with Sport Scotland and the Scottish Govt in order to map out our road to a normal and safe resumption of rugby activities.  Every club was required to appoint a Covid-19 Safety Coordinator which we duly did and a full risk assessment was put in place before any resumption in Rugby.

As a club we have worked closely with the SRU and promoted all the relevant guidance to parents and players and adopted a few different practices that we are all familiar with like using hand sanitiser on arrival, departure and readily available for any other time it may be required.  Our clubhouse was sanitised prior to reopening (although it’s still only currently open for toilet facilities at the time of typing) and we have increased the frequency and cleaning within.

Since starting back at the end of July as you would expect there was a real appetite for the Eagles to get out and run around with their friends and all our regulars returned in great numbers.  Looking forward we reached out for anyone new particularly the newest group of children to enter P1 and we have steadily increased our numbers across all age groups.  We managed to recruit some additional coaches too who are always needed (New Coaches are most welcome so if you are interested, please get in touch, no experience of rugby necessary) and on the first Sunday of September we had an incredible 82 Eagles running around across all age groups, smiling, laughing & having the best of times watched on by a fantastic group of parents and proud grandparents.  We are not yet at the stage of playing in festivals with other clubs just yet but we hope that those days will return again very soon.

The weather has been kind each Sunday since our return and we hope it continues but the true test will be those cold winter mornings if we can maintain or even grow our numbers going forward.

Our senior Eagles, most of whom have been with us since the very beginning have begun their last year of primary school and as such their last year with our Eagles, this is an exciting time because as one chapter closes another begins (much the same with their education) and we are already making plans for their next steps in rugby with the club.

The P6 & P7 Eagles both restarted their Wednesday evening sessions on the 16th of Sept under the floodlights at the club and the response has been superb from players, parents and coaches alike.

The Eagles is without doubt the huge success story of our club in recent years and everyone connected to the club and Eagles should be proud of what we have and continue to achieve.  #GOEAGLES

Iain Hughes

Club President / Eagles Coach

Lanark Rugby Club

Click here to visit the Lanark Eagles Facebook page