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2024 Scottish Rugby Community Recognition Award winner for the Caledonia Midlands

2024 Scottish Rugby Community Recognition Award winner for the Caledonia Midlands

Mike Bastock18 Mar - 08:09
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Young Person’s Award winner Murrin Thomson

Young Person’s Award- Murrin Thomson (Strathendrick RFC/ Balfron High School)

17-year-old Murrin has been a figurehead pupil when it comes to promoting and enhancing girls’ rugby at both Balfron High School and Strathendrick Rugby Club.

By liaising and engaging with those around her, Murrin has been constantly seeking feedback on how to improve her weekly sessions, which she delivers to S1-S3 boys and girls. These have driven participation numbers up across all age groups within the school. As well as this, she has been central to the school’s involvement in the state school setup, as she coaches teams and helps manage the logistics of playing. Her confidence in managing the S1 boys’ team every Saturday has been acknowledged as has her self-belief and passion to pass on her expertise to the next generation of players.

Murrin is committed to providing equal opportunities across the game, constantly aiming to put women’s rugby in the spotlight. She has driven a rugby response to period poverty, ensuring that sanitary products are readily available for female players within the school and club teams that she is involved in.

Over the last few years, Murrin has used her playing experience to motivate herself to play at the highest possible level, as well as inspire those around her. Her involvement in the Caledonia tour to Belfast proved a valuable experience for Murrin to learn and develop her game from others.

As well as her work with club and school, Murrin has strived to develop rugby relationships in her region as best she can. Working alongside Falkirk RFC and Active Stirling she has thrown herself into new environments, helping to support aspiring rugby players from rural areas and encouraging primary school pupils towards club rugby.

Club numbers this year have meant she has teamed up with Falkirk RFC on game days. Her passion for the game has ensured she has fully embraced this opportunity, flinging herself into a new environment, and being a real leader amongst her new peers.

“Murrin is entrusted to visit primary schools and deliver both curricular and extracurricular activity, all to a very high standard. Further work during health weeks, ensures she provides opportunities for all P1-7 pupils. To help promote pathways from school to club, Murrin plans and assists in the delivery of festivals. She leads a team of ‘Rugby Activators’ providing quality opportunities which provide a positive rugby experience. From volunteering, to playing, coaching to planning, Murrin is a standout candidate”.

The full SRU article can be found here.

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