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Top SRU award for coach Samuel

Bannockburn head coach Jimmy Samuel has won a top Scottish Rugby award.

Samuel was named Volunteer of the Season at an event in BT Murrayfield, which took place before Scotland’s win over France in the Six Nations tournament. Senior XV captain Calum Bruce collected the award on Jimmy’s behalf.

Captain Calum Bruce collects the award on behalf of coach Jimmy Samuel.

Jimmy was nominated by Bannockburn players and committee members and picked up the Midlands regional award.

The coveted title is one of Scottish Rugby’s annual Development Awards, and sponsored by Tennent’s Lager.


The awards recognise Scotland’s rugby volunteers – the people who give up their free time every week to help others play and enjoy the game.

Jimmy’s dedication to the sport was acknowledged by judges, as was his leadership and overall contribution to Bannockburn RFC.

Special mention was given to Jimmy’s record of developing Bannockburn players and coaches, all in his spare time.

National award

Jimmy is now up against other Scottish regional winners for the national award. The winner will be announced at a Scottish Rugby awards night later in the season.

Speaking after his award win, head coach Jimmy Samuel said:

“I am truly honoured and humbled to not only be put forward for this award by Bannockburn RFC, but chosen from a cast of hundreds of volunteers across the Caledonia Midlands Region, all doing fantastic work, as the winner of this award.

“Volunteering for a club like Bannockburn is great fun and exceptionally rewarding. We are having a great season, improving in both performance and participation across the club, whilst creating some great connections across the region.

“Thank you again Bannockburn RFC for the nomination and the SRU for the award.”