Top volunteer award for ‘Mr January’

Calum Bruce and his son Brandon.
Calum Bruce and his son Brandon.

A Carnoustie rugby fanatic has been honoured by Scottish Rugby for his above and beyond commitment to youth coaching and his club.

Calum Bruce at first thought a prank was being played when he received an email inviting him to BT Murrayfield for the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner as he had been chosen as the BT Club Volunteer of the Month for January.

He was nominated for the award by friend and fellow member of Carnoustie Rugby Club, Andrew Cranston.

Andrew said: “I wanted to nominate Calum because he’s been putting a lot of work in at the primary schools along with our mini midi sessions, which has led to a big increase in the numbers of kids coming to the club. Calum is the type of guy who will go the extra mile and is up there checking the generator, the pitch, and handing out trophies.”

The youth section has been infused with great enthusiasm in recent months, something that has not gone unnoticed.

Calum, who is head of mini rugby at Carnoustie Rugby Club, explained: “I’m very organised and I throw myself into everything 100 per cent. I’ve always loved rugby and love Carnoustie Rugby club. I’ve played for Carnoustie as a youth and later for the FPs.

“I’m really proud and really, really thankful to Andrew. It’s such an honour to be recognised.”

In a happy coincidence, Calum’s son Brandon was named Player of the Month for January in the P6 age group at Carnoustie Mini Midi.

Calum and Andrew are also heavily involved in the forthcoming Beach Rugby tournament on June 17, to be opened by former Australian internationalist David ‘Campo’ Campese, which mark the 40th anniversary of Carnoustie Rugby Club. It is hoped to make the event an annual one. Visit the Carnoustie Beach Rugby Facebook page.