Scottish business Network - London Scottish
Like many a good organisation, the London Scottish Rugby Club was founded in a pub – to be precise, in Mackay’s Tavern in the City of London in 1878.
The aims of the Club were simple – it did not matter what standard of rugby you played, the Club would provide the facilities and organisation to. And that is what London Scottish have done for the last 138 years
For good players, the Club has for most of those years played in the higher echelons of English Rugby providing 224 international players to Scotland (more than any other Club) and four British and Irish Lions Captains (Gavin Hastings was the last) – a feat only equaled by Leicester Tigers.
For the amateur players, rugby is provided for players from the Under 7’s through to Under 18’s, then there is an Academy and four senior teams. Women’s Rugby is also played at a number of age groups.
When the game of rugby went professional in 1996, London Scottish were promoted into the Premiership but at the end of that season, the company in which the Club had a shareholding went into Administration and similar to Richmond, our co-tennants at the Richmond Athletic Ground, we were relegated nine divisions.
The Incredible Journey then started and over the next dozen years, the Club hauled itself back up through the leagues and for the last five years has been established in the Green King Championship, one below the Premiership, as a fully professional outfit.
Although London Scottish is a rugby club, it is also - with annual income of around £1.5 million – a small and medium –sized enterprise (SME), so it has to continuously keep on re-inventing itself to become better and better. So the options open to us include remaining in the Championship, going for the Premiership, which would require a new ground or setting our sights on the Celtic League – the Pro 12.
If you are interested, there are a number of ways you can get involved as follows: