HOWE of Fife have capped one of the best seasons in their history by being named RBS Club of the Season at the prestigious Scottish Rugby Club Awards.
The gong was a reward for Howe’s successes on and off the pitch over the past year, including the club’s links with Bell Baxter High School, commitment to youth rugby and high number of coaches at all levels.
Club president David Harley said winning the top award in Scottish club rugby was a “tremendous achievement” for the Premier 3 champions.
He told the Fife Herald: “We’re all proud as punch and delighted to have won the award.
“It’s a tremendous achievement and tribute to all the effort put in at the club, from the minis right the way up to the first XV.
“Everyone involved with the club deserves huge credit for what will be a very hard season to top.”
The awards ceremony and dinner was held in the President’s Suite at Murrayfield, and was hosted by former Scotland captains Andy Nicol and Ian McLauchlan.
Howe were shortlisted for Club of the Season after picking up the monthly version of the award in April.
The Cupar-based side beat off competition from seven other clubs — Dunbar, Gala, Helensburgh, Hillfoots, Melrose, Preston Lodge and Stirling County — to win the coveted trophy.
With Mr Harley away with the playing squad on a tour to Flanders, the award was accepted by vice-president Bill Robertson and secretary Alistair Paton.
Mr Robertson said: “Winning the top club award while in the third division is a phenomenal achievement and should be celebrated by all those involved in the club at every level.”
Next season Howe will line up in the new Championship East following the restructure of Scottish rugby that denied the Duffus Park side a promotion.
Mr Harley said: “Obviously the main goal under the new system is to try to win the Championship East and effectively join the top 20 teams in the country — but that will be no mean task.”