Mr Harper welcomes the return of Sport

After what seems to have been the longest off-season I can remember it has been great to welcome Sport back to RGC this session. It’s been exciting to see the number of Junior and Senior pupils who have returned with an appetite to pick up where we left off, but equally, to welcome so many new pupils to the college who have thrown themselves into Hockey, Rugby and Netball. The overall level of participation has been pleasing to see and something we hope continues in the coming weeks and months ahead. Sport at RGC is something we value very highly, and it is open to every pupil, whether that be for the pursuit of competition or for the pure enjoyment of exercise, everyone is welcome and we encourage that across both PE and Games.

On Saturday the 23rd August we had our first taste of extracurricular Sport at Countesswells, with all of our P6 - S6 Rugby and Hockey teams training for the first time this year. Allbeit, Countesswells looked very different with just pupils on site and unfortunately no spectators, but it was great to see so many boys and girls outside enjoying our amazing facilities. We hope to continue with all of our Saturday training arrangements as best we can until such a point that we can return to competitive play. We hope this will be in the not too distant future, and, as always, we will approach this with the safety of the whole school community at the forefront of our minds.

Last week also saw the return of our senior teams to midweek after school training at Countesswells. Such is the quality of our facilities at Countesswells that we have been able to accommodate three outdoor netball courts, enabling all of our senior players to prepare for their new season alongside our senior rugby 1st and 2nd XV’s and our senior boys and girls hockey squads.

In the coming weeks, we hope to return to a full programme of extracurricular sport but, as with everything, we want to ensure that we do so safely with full consideration of logistics and the current school day. 

I would like to thank all of the staff who have worked so hard in the recent weeks to help sport get back up and running. The ground staff at Countesswells who, as always, work tirelessly to give us some of the best pitches in the country, the heads of our respective activities who have worked hard alongside their sports' national governing bodies to provide a safe return to our activities and to all the coaching staff for delivering the best quality of sessions, under new restrictions.

I wish all of our pupils, teams and coaches all the very best in the season ahead and I look forward to following your progress. You can keep up to date with all of our Saturday extracurricular arrangements on our RGC Sport Website. You can also follow updates via the RGC Sport Twitter account which includes pupil news, team achievements and pictures of our sport in action.

Thank you to all the parents and families for your continued support and understanding. We look forward to the day we can all be together again at Countesswells celebrating RGC Sport.

Mr Harper