Jul 6 2011 by Judith Tonner, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Waysiders/Drumpellier Rugby Club
RUGBY fans at Waysiders/Drumpellier were given a helping hand from three Scotland stars as they refurbished their Coatbridge clubhouse.
Players and supporters were joined by internationals Johnnie Beattie, Richie Vernon and former British Lion Andy Irvine after winning their services thanks to RBS Rugbyforce.
The trio joined dozens of volunteers to paint the Langloan clubhouse, renovated the changing rooms and kitchen and repaired the roof over a weekend.
Waysiders were chosen as the Scottish winners of Rugbyforce’s top prize of a £5000 “enhanced support” package after impressing judges with their proposal.
Glasgow Warriors no8 Beattie said: “Richie and I put our questionable DIY skills to the test to help Waysiders/Drumpellier put their grant to good use and get in top shape for the start of next season.
“Rugbyforce is a fantastic programme to be involved with and we were pleased to have been invited to help the club.”
Craig Collin, head coach of the National League Two side, told the Advertiser: “It’s been a great boost for all of us.
“Most of the work has now been completed. A new sign has been put up, we’ve repaired some of the roof, refurbished the changing room area and kitchen and the place has had a lick of paint.”
The visiting professionals also held a coaching session for youngsters in the club’s midi and mini sections, and took part in a question-and-answer event.
Rugbyforce ambassador Irvine was on the judging panel sifting the 400 entries from across Britain, alongside fellow former internationals Ieuan Evans and Jason Leonard.
He said: “This year’s judging process was harder than ever, as the clubs really demonstrated the impact that the award would have for both them and their community.
“Waysiders/Drumpellier is a fantastic example of a club that, with the kickstart this award brings, can leave a lasting legacy to their community and bring benefits for years to come.”