Bo’ness Rugby Club is keenly anticipating the start of the new season.
For the club, founded in 2011, is about to embark on its first competitive season in East League Three playing teams such as Broughton, Walkerburn, Ross High, Moray House, Gala YM and RDVC.
And to celebrate this massive step forward in the club’s fortunes, it is running an open day on Sunday, August 10, from noon-4pm, in a bid to whip up even more support from the community.
Affiliated to Rugbyforce, a Scottish Rugby Union initiative to help grass roots clubs bond with their communities, a host of events have been set up for the open day at Bo’ness Recreation Centre.
All of the events are rugby themed and include mini tournaments, ‘‘come and try’’ sessions and the usual sideshows such as face-painting and colouring in where participants will be invited to design a strip for the club.
There will also be a bouncy castle and other inflatables as well as music provided by a local radio station. Admission is free.
A spokeswoman for the club said: ‘‘Building a club from scratch has been difficult.
‘‘Since its establishment in 2001 Bo’ness Rugby Football Club has overcome its share of challenges to get to this point, not least in spreading the message that the town has a rugby team.
‘‘Being part of Rugbyforce 2014, hopefully will allow us to promote the club to new supporters, players or potential sponsors.’’
Bo’ness Rugby Club has a pool of 35 players aged 18-53 years and will host its first home league game on September 13 when it faces Walkerburn (ko 3pm).
The club trains at Bo’ness Recreation Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9pm and prospective players or sponsors can make contact by email at email@example.com