Duffus Park club growing on and off the park

Howe's Chris Mason
Howe's Chris Mason

Howe of Fife Rugby Club are showing that they’re beginning to get things right off the park as well as on it.

As the Duffus Park first team were cruising to another BT National League Division Two win on Saturday, the club was also picking up a major honour at the Fife Voluntary Action ceremony for their work training hundreds of youngsters, and also for their efforts in creating new community sporting facilities.

Club president, Bill Robertson who was accompanied by club coach, Garry Horne, stepped up to accept the ‘Active Organisation’ of the Year award at the event held in the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews.

The nomination for the award referred to the numbers of youngsters coming through all age groups in the club training programme and the number of hours put into the programme by dozens of volunteers.

It also congratulated the club for its ambition in creating a new sports facility in Duffus Park, Cupar which will provide modern changing rooms, meeting facilities and a café area.

Fundraising for the project has been on-going for the past year and the club has, so far, raised an astonishing £948,500.

Most of this has come from trusts and bequests.

There has been a considerable amount of internal fund raising and the club’s recent fundraising golf tournament and dinner added a further £17,000 to the appeal.

The club intend selling their existing premises in Provost Wynd to help towards completing the financial package for the new facilities.

Recently the club received a cheque for £550 from the organisers of the Midsummer Ball held in St Andrews.

If current plans are achieved, work will start on the new facility early next year with completion next Autumn.

While all that good work is on-going off field, the club’s first team is continuing to dominate on it.

On Saturday the team travelled to Whitecraigs for what promised to be a tough contest.

But Howe maintained their undefeated start to the new campaign, coming out on top with a 18-30 win.

Scores came from Mason, Wilson bagged a brace, Douglas and O’Hare.

Martin kicked a penalty and also converted during the win.

The victory sees Howe sit at the top of the division.

This weekend they’ll welcome Haddington to Duffus Park.