New season 2019-2020 – Letter from the President

August 2019

Dear Member,

We are now approaching the new season and my first as President of Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club. It’s not something that I would have envisaged 15-20 years ago whilst I was still playing, but I am extremely proud and privileged to be in this position. Along with my vice-president Douglas Tyler and fellow committee members, I will do my very best to maintain the club, continue to strive to achieve the best and adhere to the core values; Enjoyment, Engagement, Ambition and Respect.

It has been a busy period settling into the role, however despite some challenges I am looking forward to the new season starting. The 1st XV and 2nd XV have a couple of friendlies arranged at home in August against Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock before the current season commences on 31st August against Berwick in the National Cup competition at Memorial Field.

The Ladies section continues to grow and improve and I have confidence that this will continue. Our participation in women’s rugby is important in terms of the development of women’s rugby in Scotland, this is very much a hot topic within rugby at the moment with the World Rugby ‘Try and Stop Us’ global campaign at the forefront and it is key that we are part of the greater movement to increase women’s participation in sport. It is also important within the club that we continue to promote diversity and equality for all, this theme will underpin my role as President.

We will also have an Under 18 team this season; this is great for the club and I hope will produce the future 1st and 2nd XV players that the club requires to continue to compete at the higher levels in Scottish rugby. I hope that this season will be successful on all fronts and that the 1st XV can achieve promotion from National League Division 3.

We have a large number of youth players ranging from 4-18 years old, which is great and it’s fantastic to see so many boys and girls about the club enjoying the game of rugby; this is a testament to our enthusiastic and inspiring volunteer youth coaches who give up so much of their time to the development of our youngsters.

I hope you will continue to support the club in all different ways, this is so important to the development of the club from supporting the senior 1st XV, 2nd XV and the women’s team to those teams in the youth sections. The club are always looking for volunteers to assist with all different tasks and roles within the club. If you have an idea for a fundraiser or event or wish to volunteer in any capacity please contact myself or Dougie, your assistance is always welcome.

In terms of on field support, it would be tremendous to see the support at games grow and I invite you to witness for yourselves the diverse range of talent we have in our teams, either home or away;  fixtures can be accessed via the club or Scottish Rugby website. Everyone is welcome and I look forward to seeing you in and around the clubhouse. There are often spaces on the buses for away games; if you are interested please contact either myself or David Frazer

Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club was founded in 1922, therefore excitingly, we are approaching the 100th year anniversary. We aim to have a number of functions throughout the period and we will notify the members nearer the time.

As part of this celebration, we are also exploring the idea of introducing a Centurion membership. Please see letter enclosed and for further details please contact Brian Campbell or Ian Hunter. Contact details for any of the matters above can be accessed by contacting club secretary Gordon Christie at

Lastly, please also find undernoted details of subscriptions on offer. I would urge all members to pay their subscription fees timeously, your financial support sustains the club and without your support the club would not survive. It is vitally important that we maintain and grow membership to allow the club to develop and improve. I aim to increase membership throughout my tenure as President and I ask for your ongoing support and assistance with this.

I look forward to welcoming you throughout the coming season and beyond.


Yours Sincerely,

Peter Gossman



Fees for the new Season:

Full playing Membership £120 (£10 per month)
Full non-playing Member £84 (£7 per month)
Full Membership via Affiliated MF Club membership £20
Senior citizens(60+ years) £70
House Membership £60
Social Membership £36
Age grade Coaches £60
Junior Members (16-21years) £60
Student members (still studying) £60



Membership forms can be accessed on the club website under ‘Membership’ and Standing order forms can be obtained from behind the bar





Club Presidents

As we approach the end of the season it is time to say thank you to our outgoing co-presidents, Ian Hunter and Brian Campbell.
Both have worked very hard over the last two years for the club, giving up their own time to ensure the club has a better future.
A great deal of what they did is not acknowledged, however both have achieved what every president aims for. The club is now in a better position than when they took office.
I hope everyone will join me in thanking both Ian and Brian for all of their hard work.

Welcome to our new president and vice-president, Peter Gossman and Dougie Tyler.
Both are lifelong Accies with a long family history with the club. They will build on the work of their predecessors taking the club forward.
I know everyone will join me in wishing them good luck and offering them support to ensure the success of the club.

Ali Cairns

Club AGM

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club will be held in the clubhouse at 7.30pm on Monday 29th April.

The following officials have to be appointed at this meeting :-

President (2 years)

Vice President (2 years)



Playing convener in charge of a sub committee including fixture secretary, 1st XV captain, 2nd XV representative and ladies representative.

Finance and business convener in charge of a sub committee to include membership and sponsorship.

Bar and clubhouse convener with members in charge of the bar, the clubhouse and social events.

Youth convener to organise a committee to run all aspects of youth rugby.

Communications and Marketing convener to deal with social media and the website plus looking for grants and other ways of raising money from outside organisations.

2 ordinary board members one of whom represents the ladies section.

2 auditors.

Although not members of the board a membership secretary, house convener, fixture secretary, bar convener, clubhouse convener and sponsorship organiser can be nominated at the AGM.

Fixture secretary Contact opponents in the week before a game to confirm kick off time. Contact referee to confirm the game is on and the kick off time.Contact both if the game is postponed. Occasionally may need to arrange a game for a team.  Referees are normally appointed for 1st XV, 2nd XV, U18 and ladies. If not arrange a referee.

Clubhouse convener Carry out or arrange for someone to carry out repairs to the clubhouse.

Sponsorship organiser Try to get sponsors for the club programme, shirt sponsors and player sponsors.

A nomination form is included and should be returned to the secretary either by email or left behind the bar. They must be returned by April 22.

I have also included a copy of the constitution. Any proposed changes need to be sent to the secretary by April 8


Position Nomination Form

RagBin Update

The RagBag Bin has raised a total of £892 this year – this is a fantastic sum and helps greatly towards Club Funds.
Thanks to everyone who donated and a special thanks to Pauline MacPherson for setting up the bin and ensuring it gets emptied regularly.