Rugby at Glenalmond is at the core of the Michaelmas term for the boys.
For those interested in Rugby at Glenalmond, there are more in-depth details of the Vision for Glenalmond Rugby.
The spirit and manner in which pupils at Glenalmond approach rugby is central to all that is good about 'Coll'. Glenalmond prides itself on the ethos and conduct of its rugby teams, an often forgotten aspect of the modern rugby world. In an era of 'Professionalism', 'rugby academies' and 'winning at all costs' we pride ourselves on providing an outstanding rugby upbringing within the framework of a balanced, all round education.
We play regular block fixtures during the Michaelmas Term against most of the major independent rugby playing schools in Scotland. Opponents include Edinburgh Academy, Merchiston Castle School, Fettes and Dollar. In the Lent term we continue our rugby development programme through concentrating on an individual skills programme and strength and conditioning.
There is a real sense of occasion at home 1st XV matches which only acts to increase the desire and commitment of junior players who strive to achieve a place in the team. Running up the steps on to Neish's through the Pipes and Drums to a fantastic welcome from an expectant crowd is the dream of many pupils. We are very privileged to be one of the best supported schoolboy teams in Scotland and are hugely fortunate to play in such a stunning part of the world. There aren't many 1st XV pitches in the UK with such a breathtaking backdrop!
The rugby future at Glenalmond is certainly a bright and exciting one. We have a team of experienced and enthusiastic coaches who provide a real pathway through to the senior squads and we currently possess some exciting young talent within the school which bodes well for the next few years.
Player development and a balanced all round rugby education is at the forefront of our approach to rugby. It is obvious that rugby is special to many pupils at Glenalmond. It regularly brings the best out of them and builds on the pride and spirit that undoubtedly exists within the school. It is hoped that, in changing times, this special aspect of life at Glenalmond will never be eroded.
The 1st XV pitch has recently undergone major redevelopment, with a new playing surface and new 100-seater stand. Further work is underway to create adjacent changing rooms.