The trust was founded in 2017 to increase public participation in sport, particularly rugby union and rugby league, in the Forfar, Kirriemuir and Brechin areas to benefit community health and wellbeing as well as develop young people into healthy, positive members of the community through the positive ethos and values of rugby.
It’s since developed to run projects for people of all ages and abilities, including rugby for primary children with or undergoing diagnosis for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their siblings, Walking Rugby for adults, Unified Rugby for adults and youths with disabilities and a Rugby Academy for senior school pupils to learn life as well as rugby skills. It also works with partners on projects to benefit older and isolated people through regular events to chat and enjoy group activities.
The trust, which works in partnership with Strathmore RFC, Brechin RFC, sportscotland, Scottish Rugby, Scotland Rugby League and Sporting Memories, has had its activities recognised at the Scottish Charity Awards with the Pioneering Project Award in 2020 for the ASD rugby project, a Royal visit in July 2019 by TRH The Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh and the Duke becoming its Royal Patron in August 2020.
The trust funds its work from a range of sources including grants, donations and events as well as sponsorship by companies including Stracathro Estates and Shepherd Chartered Surveyors.
“As a family business strong on family values, we’re proud to support The Strathmore Community Rugby Trust and all it’s involved in because it makes a very positive impact on the lives of many individuals in the local area as well as the wider community,” said Agricar Director, Wendy Smith.
Trust Vice-Chair, Gordon Cairns, said: 'It’s a pleasure to welcome Agricar to our team of vital sponsors as it’s a local company with a long history of being invested socially and economically in Angus.”