HILLFOOTS RFC welcomed players and coaches back for a first post-lockdown training session last week.

The event played host to members young and old who had their first 'try' at newly relaxed Covid-19 rules.

More than 40 boys and girls enjoyed a modified version of touch rugby on Tuesday and Thursday, with the session designed to meet Scottish Government and Scottish Rugby standards.

It's the first step in what will be a historic season for the Wee County side, who will celebrate their 50th anniversary in March 2021.

Adult training also returned in a more limited capacity for Hillfoot, players were divided into training groups of no more than five and social distancing maintained throughout.

Coach Murray Brown said: "It was fantastic to get the guys back training together after months apart.

"It was a real boost to morale and certainly dusted off a few cobwebs."

Hillfoot have also put measures in place to allow the clubhouse bar to reopen for members. Perspex screens have been installed between the seating booths and measures such as personal protective equipment (PPE), a one-way system, contactless payment and table service have been implemented to ensure everyone's safety and comfort.

Bar manager Vicky Love said: It's been great seeing everyone return to the club to enjoy a couple of beers catch up with old friends after so long apart."

The club have appointed Gavin Spowage as their Covid-19 safety coordinator to ensure that the playing and social sides of the club are fully complying with the latest Scottish Government guidance.

Spowage said: "We've worked really hard over the past few weeks to return to rugby and to welcome our members and friends back to the club.

"It's been great to see the smiles on everyone's faces as the catch up with old friends either over a beer or while getting a sweat on in the park.

"Particular thanks go to club stalwart Eddie Inglis who has overseen the reopening of the clubhouse and to our coaches who have developed safe sessions for our players of all ages. Hopefully we'll get back to competitive games soon."