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The weather may be similar as to how it was in January, but that doesn’t hold back the excitement of it being SEVENS SEASON!
Nothing’s more exhilarating than watching the fast-paced, jinky game, and everyone knows the heart of 7’s is down at Melrose. You’d be lying if you said you weren’t looking forward to the Melrose Sevens, but what made it even greater is that our DO, Iain Chisholm, was playing! Who knew he had a bit of pace…? Iain, playing for Jed-Forest, got to the final but just lost out to Edinburgh. He even managed to bag a few tries (and yes, we saw your showboating… not letting that one go). Those who can lip read could tell the impact that his run for the try line had on him...

Sevens Mania carried on at Annan, where the S1’s and S2’s took part in a festival. S1’s outpaced the other teams, running in loads and loads of tries becoming the overall WINNERS! S2’s were runners up after being knocked out by a dominating Dumfries side. Thankfully, they had watched the Melrose 7’s, where Iain had kindly demonstrated likely ways to get a yellow card so their discipline was impeccable.

REMINDER that the S2’s are fundraising to take a magical rugby tour far away to the towns of Oban and Fort William and would appreciate any donations you have!
On the subject of S2’s, Aaron Thomson was picked for Pathway, which is a route from club to professional rugby. We’ll be looking out for you on the telly in years to come.

Returning to 7’s were the Colts, who were making an appearance at Gala. They smashed Hawick Wanderers. They triumphed over Berwick. They prevailed over Hawick PSA. FINAL TIME. Up against Melrose, who had easily won the last 2 tournaments. Biggar Colts unfortunately lost out to Melrose 35-33. Maybe if Euan had slotted  a few kicks he wouldn’t have jeopardised all the hard work the rest of the boys had put in.

Now the U16’s felt a bit left out with all the other teams winning finals, so they took it upon themselves to win another one. They came up against an unexpectedly strong Boroughmuir side, and at half time Biggar were up 10-5... way closer than anticipated. This is where Biggar had to up their game, but they let Boroughmuir away with 5 more points. The heat of the game got to some players and it ended up that Charles paid the price with a 10 minute breather. With 5 minutes left on the clock the home side broke through and it looked like it was all over for Biggar :-(.. BUT THINK AGAIN. Somehow, just somehow a light switched on in every single Biggar players brain and they battled just as hard as Kevin Costner did to get Enola back from the smokers. They were determined to win, they HAD to win and they did that indeed! Rory fired up the wing making it even between both teams. But NO. It doesn’t end there. A beautiful offload from Stuart left Matthew plenty of diving space to score the winning try. The final whistle blew. 20-15. The crowd went mental. The boys were overwhelmed. The coaches were proud. It was a super day for Biggar and the comeback the U16’s made was immense.

U15 girls took a trip to the sunny side of Glasgow, visiting the rivals Hillhead Jordanhill. The last encounter between these two teams ended up in Biggar getting trounced at home… They were ready to show what they were really made of. They scored oodles and oodles of fantastic tries. But the highlight of the game had to be Sarah’s attempted “kick”. Getting shut down in their own 22 left them with only one option. Now Sarah had the right idea, and the kick would have worked perfectly if the ball actually made contact with her foot. However, this confused the opposition when the ball landed right in front of her, which meant she had time to scoop it back up and it eventually led to a try. Some may say she meant it. Final score: 72-26.

Overall, Biggar had a belter of a month and the amount of great rugby played was stupendous. #BIGBADBIGGAR



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March 2016

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What a momentous month it’s been for all at Biggar RFC. Calum leaving for pastures new, new faces arriving, hosting touring sides at Hartreemill and best of all SILVERWARE to put in the cabinet that Patrick is going to get Nigel and the Old Boys Constructions Club to make after he’s finished reading the rest of this.


Yogi, Gav & Muzz have done an outstanding job in guiding our Colts to a number of successful seasons and this year again their boys did not disappoint.
Our 18’s pulled off a fantastic victory in the final of the Edinburgh Regional Final against a very strong Currie side. By all accounts the game was on a knife edge. Young Euan Bogle launched a couple haggis’ at the sticks but made up for it with a beautifully placed nudge from 40 out to hand Biggar the win 11-7.
By my understanding this is the penultimate year for the Biggar RFC Colts Coaching team. All fantastic servants to development and the club as a whole and a great way to finish the year. #SILVERWARE1.


Friday 25th March, Murrayfield the setting. Most club players in Scotland can only dream of setting foot on the Murrayfield turf, we were lucky enough to be able to cheer on our Under 15 Girls in the ‘theatre of dreams’ and what a performance it was too. The girls gave away considerable size to their Murrayfield Wanderer counterparts but dominated the game through a playing style Big Vern Cotter would be proud of. Swinging the ball from touchline to touchline, constantly changing the point of attack to expose lazy defenders in the Wanderers defence. There were huge performances all over the paddock but I’d like to give special mention to Feebi, Kayleigh, Jenny and Sarah. Biggar 38-17. #SILVERWARE2.


How does it get better for one club than two trophies in two weeks? THREE trophies in two weeks, that’s how. Like the Romans leaving the coliseum the Biggar support shuffled from the international stands to the  baron side of the Murrayfield Wanderers 1st XV pitch, to watch our Under 18 Girls take on Oban High School. Oban started very well going into the lead with a banger of a try from their impressive 7. But that was the last of it for Oban. Incisive carries by Abbie Baillie turned into either scores of massive territorial gain. Abbie’s performance earned her player of the day (WOTM!?) Huge performances from Amy, Abbie, Ailie and Emily guided Biggar to a convincing 41-15 win. #SILVERWARE3.


Adding to their initial trophy contribution Biggar High School Boys successfully took part in the Duncanrig High School 7s yesterday (30th March), winning the tournament convincingly scoring 7 million tries and conceding only 3.
Coach Robertson of the Biggar PE department (@BiggarPE), commented that this crop of players were the first to concede a score under his guidance as senior boys coach which shows the strength of Biggar Youth Rugby, through good work of recently departed Development Officer, Calum Taylor and the Coaches who give up so much of their time for the betterment and development of Biggar Rugby Club and her players. #SILVERWARE4 - FOUR in TWO weeks!


Although not part of the rugby world, the passing of Johan Cruyff has alerted many of us to a few of his values we should take forward as coaches in our respective roles within rugby. Cruyff was a controversial figure pretty much all the time, and perhaps the idea of putting a fly-half in the front row to better know how a prop understands the game isn’t a transferable idea, but the message of progression, development, enjoyment, integration, initiative and  social involvement will sing out strong with the Biggar Development Team for a long time.


Massive thanks to Calum Taylor who has left the role with the Club in a great place. I’m sure everyone here at Biggar RFC wishes you the best of luck in your new role.


Rhiannon &
Biggar RFC Development Team

School of Rugby Programme

When youngsters go up into their first year of Biggar High School they have the opportunity to participate in the 'School of Rugby Programme'. This involves youngsters getting the opportunity to build on their social, physical and mental capibilities through the highly enjoyable environment that is of rugby union.


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Development Newsletter January 2015

Welcome to the January 2015 Development Newsletter.


This newsletter is equipped with all the latest news and results for all ages at Biggar RFC.


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Development Newsletter - October 2014

Welcome to Biggar RFC's first edition of the development newsletter. 


This will be a bi-monthly release which will update you on all things Biggar RFC.


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Biggar RFC - Development Overview

Biggar RFC is a thriving club which caters for players from Primary 1 through to senior. We currently boast teams at P1/2, P3, P4, P5, P6, P7, S1, S2, U15, U16 and U18 as well as a girls U15’s team, 2 senior teams and a social / over 35’s team.


I am Calum Taylor, Club and Community Development Officer for Biggar Rugby Football Club. Since the 2008/09 season the club has employed a full time development officer to help maintain the status of the Clydesdale region’s premier sports club.


The development programme can be loosely split into two key areas: club programme and community programme.


Club Programme:


The club aspect of development officer role essentially revolves around the following question:

In the time between a youngster joining the club to when they graduate through to senior rugby - how can we help them achieve their own absolute potential as rugby players, as teammates and as club members?


Biggar Rugby Club boasts 14 competitive teams from Primary 3 through to 1st XV as well as non-competitive weekly sessions for P1’s and 2’s. With teams at every age group from P3 through to U18, we currently have approximately 45 volunteer coaches across all youth age groups. I work very closely with these coaches, trying to ensure every child gets the best rugby experience possible through educating coaches in the latest coaching techniques and tactical and technical knowledge.


The safety of participants is always at the absolute forefront of our minds. Therefore, every coach is required to go through an annual ‘Are You Ready to Play Rugby?’ course. This is a yearly update which leads our volunteers through the latest safe coaching ideas and techniques.



Community Programme:


The community programme primarily revolves around the schools programme. I run rugby taster sessions in both Biggar and Lanark cluster primary schools as well as curricular and extra-curricular activities in Biggar High School and Lanark Grammar School. If you have a child who goes to a Biggar or Lanark cluster primary school it’s highly likely I will have delivered rugby sessions to them and their classmates.


Biggar RFC are also proud members of the Biggar Community Sports Hub, and work with other sporting teams in the area to give youngsters the maximum sporting opportunities possible.



For questions regarding rugby development in your area or any other enquiries regarding the club in general please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact details below.



Yours in Rugby,



Calum Taylor | Club and Community Development Officer | Biggar Rugby Football Club | Hartree Mill | Biggar | ML12 6JJ

Mob: 07720 677 977 | Email: development.officer@biggarrfc.org.uk |
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