15 Dec, 2020
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD: GUS ROBERTSON
25 YEARS OF THE ANNAN RUGBY WEBSITE
From Gary Coupland, Annan Rugby President
“To mark the occasion of having an online presence for 25 years and currently still having one of the best social media presences in Scottish Rugby, Annan Rugby would like to present an honorary Life Membership to Angus Robertson.
Gus started the first unofficial Annan RFC website on October 5th, 1995, making Annan the first Scottish rugby club on the net (I’m reliably informed beating Moray House RFC by about 2 weeks).
Almost 25 years later, and with unbroken service in his capacity as webmaster, Gus and Annan Rugby have recently launched the club’s new and improved website.
This new site is the result of months of work on Gus’ part, liaising with committee and players to ensure that the demands of its audience were met.
The site is a one stop shop for information regarding match reports, photos (literally thousands), player profiles and stats, sponsorship opportunities, membership, club history, honours, contacts etc. Everything on the site has been painstakingly verified and uploaded by Gus. He continues to update the site almost daily.
This combined with a quality social media presence plays a vital part in the sustainability of a club such as Annan.
Anyone with any experience of social media will appreciate the energy, time commitment and skill that goes into managing online publications, particularly with the skill and efficiency Gus demonstrates. The financial implications of not having a volunteer such as Gus are immeasurable.
Gus played for Annan between the ages of 8 and 18, playing for the minis, colts and 2nd XV. He left the town to go to university almost 30 years ago, however, has remained committed to the club.
From the quality of Annan’s online presence, nobody would guess that operations are run from a flat in the West End of Edinburgh.
He devotes virtually all his spare time volunteering to help a club some 90 miles from where he lives, and a sport he no longer plays.
There is nothing I can say that truly reflects the value Annan Rugby places on Gus Robertson. I have never heard anything but positives about Gus across the years and undoubtedly the Club would not be where it is today without the immense contribution he has and continues to make to it.
Well done Gus and thank you from the Annan Rugby Family”
Gus here: Cheers! It’s been a pleasure! 🙂