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Young ambassador Erin says it's 'phenomenal' to be part of rugby development scheme

By Federica Stefani

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Erin Green is vice-captain of the Inverness Craig Dunain women's team.
Erin Green is vice-captain of the Inverness Craig Dunain women's team.

A rugby player from Caithness is among 10 young people in Scotland to be selected for a new grassroots development programme.

Erin Green (21), who is vice-captain of the women’s team at Inverness Craig Dunain, won this year’s Royal Bank RugbyForce Young Ambassador award – a new scheme aiming to boost the participation of young people into rugby club boardrooms.

On receiving the award, Erin, from Thurso, said: “I was absolutely over the moon at the fact that Craig Dunain is going to be one in 10 clubs represented this year in Scotland – it’s phenomenal.

“It’s fantastic that the club is getting more visibility on the map among big clubs in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

Erin's young ambassador programme will see her seek to forge stronger links between the club and the community, promoting a pathway for young people from high schools and university to join the club and transition from youth to adult rugby, as well as focusing on fundraising and promotion on social media.

She said: “I will be working with club president Jess Butler and I will be her sidekick for this year. She has been incredibly supportive and I am very grateful for that and the support from the Scottish Rugby Union [SRU] as well.”

Erin started playing rugby eight years ago, and has been with Inverness Craig Dunain for the past four.

A level two certified coach, she was Young Coach of the of the Year with High Life Highland for her work with young children at Caithness RFC and won an award as a volunteer with Active Schools in 2018 for her work with Wick High.

Previously, she was also head coach for Borders Women and Girls, and has worked at Selkirk and Hawick rugby clubs.

Talking about the impact of the award on her future career, she said: “It will be very beneficial working with SRU as well. I already have my level one and two coaching and other qualifications, but being one in only 10 selected is absolutely phenomenal."

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