[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Paisley Rugby Football Club’s League started on 13th Sept, the 1XV team are now Division 2 after winning promotion last season.

The 1 XV has won 2, lost 2 and 1 game abandoned, due to referee being injured, The Buddies have so far made their mark on Division 2 and show they are not an easy target, with big wins against McLaren away, Uddingston at home, and losing 2 games in the last play of game.

The guys are training hard and know what has to be done, so it will be an interesting and exciting season ahead.

Our 2XV team are on a roll, the only 3 league games they have played, they have had big wins. The 1 & 2XV teams are growing in numbers and strength, and the huge dedication to training by these guys is paying off.

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new, and old players who have come back to the club, into the Paisley RFC Family. #WeArePaisley.

Deals have been secured with Paisley Piazza, our main sponsor for 2014-15 and Viennas Nightclub, who will both have a place on our new team playing tops for this season.

Paisley RFC Junior Section is continuing to thrive in numbers for all sections, P1-7, S1/2, U15/16 U18 and our newly formed PRFC U15 Girls team. There are newly trained coaches and some senior players dedicating their time to pass on their skills to the up and coming future seniors of the club.

All New players are welcome to join the club anytime, just come along to training, Seniors – Tue, Thurs. 7-9pm or Jnr – Wed 7-8.30pm & Sun 12-2pm

In addition to playing, there has been lots going on in our club, we had a successful Ladies night, with the help of our 1XV players being our buff waiters, this was a huge hit with the ladies, another is planned for 5th Dec, with PRFC Xmas helpers, look out for details.

We have organised a Psychic Night on the 24th Oct, with Psychic, Carol McGhee and our Annual Fireworks Display on the 8th Nov, both events being held at our club house. There is a lot of work and effort put into planning these events by our volunteers and they are vital to help with the running of our club.

If anyone would like to come along to any of them, you can come down to the club, phone or see more details on our Facebook/Twitter accounts.

Paisley Rugby Football Club, welcomes members and non-members to come along and watch games, we love to see a good support for the teams. It’s a homely and welcoming club, so don’t be shy, just pop in.

We recently had a visitor from a gentlemen who was up in Paisley visiting, as we got talking to him, he revealed he used to be part of the club, back in the days when it was the old Grammarians, 1954, he played or coached the 4XV team and was also secretary of the club, he had some great stories to tell. This tells me PaisleyRFC has been a huge family for some time, long before we knew it, and continues to be a family today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Primary pupils are staying safe

A scheme to help young people stay safe and on the right side of the law has been rebooted for the new year.

The Safekids programme is a partnership aimed at reducing the number of accidents in young people, and has run in Renfrewshire for more than 10 years.

This year’s programme – which was launched at St Mirren Park – will run throughout March and will be delivered to 1,650 young people.

The scheme is organised by the Safer Renfrewshire Partnership, which comprises Strathclyde Fire and Rescue as the lead agency along with Strathclyde Police, Renfrewshire Council’s Community Safety Services, Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drugs Service and St Mirren FC.

The launch event was attended by representatives from the various partners, along with local schoolchildren and teachers.

All primary six pupils within Renfrewshire will attend workshops where they will receive important personal safety lessons and crime prevention advice.

The scheme also promotes good citizenship and will help young people develop life skills so they can cope with new situations and challenges in the future.

Safekids is founded on the motto: “Tell me, and I may forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.”

Area Commander Alan Fairbairn of Strathclyde Fire and Rescue said: “Strathclyde Fire & Rescue runs a number of programmes and initiatives aimed at inspiring young people.

“We are delighted to take the lead and deliver Safekids alongside our local community partners within Renfrewshire.

“The programme has been running successfully for more than 10 years, and has been proven to provide valuable life-coping skills to young people within Renfrewshire”.

Councillor Tommy Williams, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Housing and Community Safety Policy Board, said: “This is a very worthwhile scheme which will teach our young people valuable lessons and will help to prevent accidents.

“I’m sure the pupils will take plenty from it. The council is delighted to be part of such a well-established scheme and looks forward to it continuing for years to come.”

Schools Badminton Festival

Active Renfrewshire

12,000 get Active in Renfrewshire 

Thousands of children in Renfrewshire are swapping the sofa for the sports hall according to a new report.

Last year over 12,000 pupils took part in lessons, events and taster sessions designed to make local children more active and help to build up the area’s sporting infrastructure. The figures are contained in the 2011/12 annual report for Active Schools – a partnership which promotes healthy lifestyles and involvement in sport.

The intensive sporting activity over 2011/12 generated a significant haul of precious metals for Renfrewshire. Pupils won 10 gold medals and three silvers at events outside the region. Six competitors from the Paisley Piranhas Swimming Club secured a further eight gold medals and two silver medals at the regional championships at the Scotstoun Leisure Centre.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Community and Family Care Policy Board, said, “Our Active Schools programme is a key part of our drive to deliver on the National Physical Activity Strategy, ‘Let’s Make Scotland More Active.’

“Active Schools is about building exercise into young people’s lives by developing Renfrewshire’s sporting infrastructure. A major part of the programme is to train the trainers and create qualified coaches who can take their expertise into the community. Over 400 volunteer coaches have been recruited, trained and deployed. These figures show that we are achieving our goals.

“But this isn’t just about hitting targets. Active Schools helps pupils develop a lifelong passion for sports that will protect their health and build their fitness. Not only that but we are now seeing graduates from the training programmes going on to represent Scotland in our national teams.”

The foundation for the programme’s success is this core of trainers which consists mainly of teachers and students from the Renfrewshire School of Sport Education and other award programmes. These help pupils acquire essential life skills such as team working, organisation and communication.

The Active Schools programme for primaries involves seven key sports: tennis, badminton, hockey, rugby, basketball, netball and athletics. It also includes dance events.

Between August and March 2011 some 382 clubs were open to pupils in primaries one to seven. These prepared the 8,822 participants for the Gateway to the Games event held during National School Sports Week 2012. The primary school programme also enabled pupils to take part in 44 sporting festivals.

Over 800 pupils got involved in primary school football and netball leagues and another 600 took part in two dance performance evenings held in March 2012 with partners, Infusion Dance.

St Mirren Football Club and the Scottish Football Association helped deliver a six week football programme for primary twos and threes in 12 primary schools. Similar programmes were also held for rugby, hockey and basket ball.

The secondary Active Schools programme focused on badminton, hockey, rugby, tennis and volleyball. Dance and fitness clubs were also provided in all schools to target girls and young women.

Fit for Girls, an innovative new scheme supported by the Youth Sport Trust and Sportscotland ran in seven secondary and two special schools. The aim of the project is to encourage less active girls to take part in all-girl activities which are designed to build their self-confidence and remind them that sport can be fun.

Girl’s rugby was a prominent feature of the Active Schools during 2011/12. One hundred girls took part in the first ever West of Scotland 7s tournament at Scotstoun Leisure Centre. A girl’s rugby academy has also been established for primary six to S6 and 30 pupils regularly attend training. Two of the pupils were selected for the West Under 18s in 2011 and are now playing in the Scotland Women’s Under 20 squad.

Pupils from Renfrewshire’s special schools took part in the Renfrewshire Special Games and hosted two regional events for children with a disability – the West of Scotland Junior Boccia Championship and the Renfrewshire ASN Indoor Athletics Championship.

Active Schools’ key sports are developed and delivered with relevant local clubs including Paisley and Bishopton Rugby Clubs, Kelburne Hockey Club, Strathgryffe Tennis Club, Basketball Paisley, Kilbarchan Athletics Club and Netball Renfrewshire. This partnership approach encourages pupils to become more involved in community club sports.

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council

Hot off the hooves of the British equestrian team’s success at the Olympics, horse-riding stars of the future will be racing to Renfrewshire for a major four-day international competition this week.

Thousands of people from across the UK and Ireland will be galloping into Renfrewshire for the Scottish leg of the Home Pony International Series being hosted at Ingliston Country Club, in Bishopton.

It will be the first time the major competition has been held in Renfrewshire where it will continue to be held for the next three years.

The competition will see potential Olympic riders of the future competing at Ingliston Country Club, which has been named the top equestrian venue in the UK for the last two years, is also part of the bid to bring the Youth Olympics to Glasgow in 2018.

Top junior show-jumpers from across the UK and Ireland will compete over four days, in six arenas, with more than 500 ponies and the event is expected to draw huge crowds over the weekend.

Paul Fraser, owner of Ingliston Country Club, said: “This event will see some of the very best young riders competing in one of the biggest equestrian competitions in the UK, some of whom without doubt will be big names in horse-riding in years to come. It’s a massive event and a real coup to have it coming to Renfrewshire not just this year but for the next three years.

“The event is completely free and open to everyone. You don’t have to know anything about horses to come along and it’s a wonderful opportunity to see the top young sportsmen and women in their field competing live.”

Ingliston Country Club is one of 84 local businesses to have signed up to Renfrewshire Council’s Invest In Renfrewshire campaign to reduce youth unemployment and support the local business community. Local young people taken on by the country club as apprentices under the scheme will be among the large numbers of staff working throughout the weekend.

The event will be officially opened on Thursday 9 August by Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell.

He said: “This really is a major sporting event taking place right on our doorstep, bringing with it not only enormously talented riders from across the UK, but also a huge number of horse-riding fans and tourists which will be a major economic boost to the whole area. It’s also great to see young apprentices gaining valuable experience working at such a big competition. I’m really looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere and hope to see lots of local residents making the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

The Scottish leg of the Home Pony International Series will take place at Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton, from Thursday 9 August to Sunday 12 August.

Ingliston Country Club can be reached off junction 31 of the M8.

Thirty girls take part in area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy

Thirty Renfrewshire girls rolled up their sleeves earlier this week to take part in the area’s first ‘opt in’ rugby academy and give the sport a try.

Youngsters from primary 6 through to sixth year were given expert coaching from the council’s rugby development officer, Lindsey Smith, who also plays for the Scottish women’s team.

They also heard first hand how enjoyable rugby is from two local teenagers who only took up the sport this time last year – and now make the national under-20s team.

Amanda Moore (from Paisley) and Lauren Hagan (from Bridge of Weir), both 17, were coached in the sport for the first time last year at a rugby development day and now play for the Scottish women’s under-20s team.

Lindsey said: “Rugby is a fantastic sport. It helps youngsters develop key skills such as decision making and working as part of a team while encouraging them to be active and gain fitness and strength.

“As a female rugby player and coach, I think it’s really important that girls realise that rugby is very much a sport they can take part in and enjoy. The academy was fantastic and I was delighted that Amanda and Lauren came along and show the younger girls just how fun rugby is.”

While girls’ rugby sessions have taken place in Renfrewshire as part of school PE – this is the first time an ‘opt-in’ academy has taken place. It includes learning the laws of the game, learning to run and avoid tacklers and tackle techniques.

The academy will continue into the New Year on Wednesday afternoons at Castlehead High. Anyone interested in taking part should call 0141 842 3000.

Councillor Susan McDonald, Renfrewshire Council’s Sports Champion, said: “The girls’ rugby academy is a wonderful idea. There’s an ideal sport out there for everyone, and I’d urge Renfrewshire girls to give rugby a try. Who knows? You could enjoy the sport as much as Amanda and Lauren and get to be part of the national team one day.”

Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.


St Mirren make the trip across the Forth Road Bridge to take on newly promoted Dunfermline on Monday night a game that is featured live on Sky TV.

With a mixed bag of pre season results lets hope the Saints are up for the challenge. With a near full squad to pick from lets hope Danny and his new Assistant Manager Tommy Craig pick the team that can get us off to a winning start.

Dunfermline have a lot of new players as well including a few familiar faces for us Saints fans with Gallagher,Smith,Potter & Mason sure to be in their squad.

Tickets are still available for this game £18,£10 Concessions,£5 Under 12’s

St Mirren F.C

Many thanks to Steven Wilson for this blog post.