Award for Glenrothes Rugby Club stalwart

Ken Campbell with his 50-year-old cutting and Volunteer of the Month award
Ken Campbell with his 50-year-old cutting and Volunteer of the Month award

One of Glenrothes Rugby Club’s founding fathers has been recognised with a prestigious award from Scottish Rugby, some 50 years on from the club’s inauguration.

As one of the 26 original members, Ken Campbell, now the club’s house convener, attended the first Glenrothes training session and proudly still holds cuttings from newspapers of the day.

On receiving the BT Volunteer of the Month award for January, Ken said: “I couldn’t believe it when I got the call.

“You don’t look to get recognised when you’re doing the work, but it’s nice to be rewarded for your efforts.

“The trophy will take pride of place in the cabinet next to my decanters which have been presented to me by the club over the years.”

A half century on from his involvement in the foundation of the club aged 19, Ken is now playing a key role in a committee set up to organise a commemorative dinner to mark the club’s 50th year.

The stalwart, now 69, commented: “There’s a small group of us who are bringing together people from the club, past and present, to celebrate rugby in Glenrothes.”

A former player, referee, president and secretary of the club, Ken has decided to call it a day at the end of this season.

“I’ll always be about and willing to lend a hand whenever needed,” he added. “In some way rugby has been my life, and it’s been fun.”