Teams of up to 10 are being invited to enter the Walking Rugby tournament. Pic: ASM Media & PR

Award-winning Angus sports charity Strathmore Community Rugby Trust is inviting everyone to a family fun day on June 18 to celebrate its fifth birthday and achievements to date.

The trust was founded in 2017 by its chair, Stuart Gray, to increase public participation in sport, particularly rugby union and rugby league, in the Forfar, Kirriemuir and Brechin areas to benefit community health and wellbeing as well as develop young people into healthy, positive members of the community through the positive ethos and values of rugby.

It’s since developed to run eight projects for people of all ages and abilities, including rugby for primary children with or undergoing diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their siblings, Walking Rugby for adults, Unified Rugby for adults and youths with disabilities and a Rugby Academy for senior school pupils to learn life as well as rugby skills.

Recognised

The trust’s work has been recognised at the Scottish Charity Awards with the Pioneering Project Award in 2020 for the ASD rugby project, a Royal visit in July 2019 by TRH The Earl and Countess of Forfar and the Earl becoming its Royal Patron in August 2020.

Now the trust is inviting everyone from the communities it serves to help it celebrate its fifth birthday by attending a family fun day in partnership with Strathmore Rugby Club at its ground in Forfar on June 18.

Running from 10am to 3pm, it will feature an opportunity to be get a selfie with The Calcutta Cup, a walking rugby tournament – for which teams of up to 10 are invited to enter for £30 each – friendly rugby activities, a mini assault course, face painting, a tombola and stalls with food and local products. Full details can be found on the trust website and social media pages.

Support ‘outstanding’

Speaking about the landmark birthday, Stuart Gray said: “When I founded the Trust five years ago I wanted to increase the opportunities for everyone to play and be involved in rugby and to do something that would benefit Strathmore and Brechin Rugby Clubs – two real community clubs which embrace the inclusive values of rugby.

“The support from the members of both clubs, the wider community and further afield has been outstanding and has allowed the Trust to develop far quicker and more sustainably than I could have imagined.

“The projects are making a real difference in the lives of those involved – from the children with autism and their families to the young people who volunteer to support the projects. It’s amazing to witness what has come from the founding idea.

“The fun day is a chance for everyone involved with the Trust and both clubs to come together and celebrate the difference they’ve made as well as raise funds to continue our work.”

Strathmore Community Rugby Trust works in partnership with Strathmore RFC, Brechin RFC, Scottish Rugby and Scotland Rugby League.

To find out more about the event and the trust’s work, go to its website at www.strathmoretrust.co.uk