RUGBY is back on track in Inverness as Highland RFC chairman Andy Little says the success of their senior and junior sides has achieved a plan that was five years in the making at the club.
Highland won the National League Three title last weekend while the club’s under-15 girls also won the National Shield at Murrayfield.
Also with the success of the under-16 and under-18 boys winning the Caledonia Cup in their respective age groups last month, Little paid tribute to the players and coaching staff that have achieved so much silverware this season.
In 2013, Highland were languishing in the sixth tier of Scottish rugby where their reserve team now play. But Little says the club have gone from strength to strength.
“We have been working for five years to get our senior rugby back on track,” he said. “We were at a very low point when we played in Caledonia North Two.
“But we have come on leaps and bounds and the whole coaching structure has developed into what it is. “We have an increase in players across the junior section.
“We’ve started up a girls team that went on to win the National Shield at Murrayfield and our mini section has also grown, as has the number of volunteers at the club.
“The win on Saturday was huge but the development of the club has been the most pleasing thing to see.”
Little said the club were now looking to capitalise on its success and help rugby grow into an even bigger sport in the city by getting more involved in the community and introducing the game to more people.
He said: “We are looking to start up an under-18 girls team next year on top of the success in the under-15 team. We also want to do more work in the community and at schools. We want to maximise our success while we are doing well.
“We can now put the redevelopment of Canal Park behind us and benefit from having the best facilities in Scotland for playing rugby.
“I also think Highland can do well next season in National Two.
“With our current team we have a good chance of gaining promotion to National One.”