Birkmyre Rugby Club continues to build successfully at both senior, and now junior, levels. Having passed the landmark of 35 seasons since our formation in 1976, we now have a senior team in the West Regional League and a thriving junior section who are very competitive with their age group opponents at the best clubs in the west of Scotland.
The new lighting, changing rooms, and gymnasium facilities have now been completed and this will mark a step change for our club. We have sustained the driving ambition of our founding members, two of who continue to serve the club, and all the committee members over the years to develop a sports and social club to provide a special type of comradeship and sporting ‘crack’. The Birkmyre ‘Bears’ will always be a players club……it’s just that some of the players now are too old to play at the level they thought they played at 20 years ago!
Our ambition is to continue to make a significant contribution to the social life of Kilmacolm, Bridge of Weir, Brookfield, Houston and Kilbarchan, and we are actively seeking to recruit players old and young and involve families from Inverclyde and Renfrewshire. We are lucky to have players who’ve joined us from Glasgow and further afield and we welcome all comers to Kilmacolm.
We have a number of members supporting the development of youth rugby at the club, with over 200 junior members at present. We also support coaching development at local schools and hope to continue this in future. The current players and committee look forward to a steady stream of skilled ‘new boys’ into the first team over the next few years as a result of this often unrecognised coaching effort from parents and players alike.
Birkmyre tours are becoming legendary around Ireland and beyond, so social membership is still a great idea for those who’ve realised that weekly play is now beyond them (yet it’s amazing how persuasive our touring committee can be in ensuring that all tourists turn out for at least a short while during the rest period from celebratory activity).