Local rugby club looks forward to 40th year

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A rugby team for youths based in the north-east is celebrating its 40th year and looking forward to the new season for its milestone year.

Mackie Academy FP RFC’s Kirsty Westland said: “We are currently renovating the changing facilities up at our pitches, Redcloack, which should be ready for the new season.”

She also told the Leader and Observer about what they have been doing in the community.

“We helped out with the set up at the Feein’ Market, volunteered at the Beer Festival and helping with the Harbour Festival set up.

“We are full of community spirit.”

They are hosting a fundraising quiz night on September 9 at the Station Hotel function room at 7:30pm.

The seniors will begin their new season with a friendly against Banff at Duff House on August 6.

As it is their first match since last season, Kirsty described it as a “good warm-up game”.

The season will officially start on August 27 in an away game against Strathmore.

Kirsty added: “We are providing rugby for Stonehaven, Aberdeen and south Aberdeenshire communities.

“We cover from primary 2 age groups up to senior rugby, over 35’s and women’s rugby.”

Their training times are:

Minis and micros on a Saturday morning;

S1 -U16 on Wednesdays at 6:30-8pm at 3G astro pitch;

S1 and S2 Saturdays 9:30am -11am at Mackie Academy;

U15 and U16 9:30am -11am, 3G astro pitch;

Seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:45pm at Redcloak;

Memmoths and Ladies on Tuesdays, 7pm at Millo Forrest playing fields.