Wilkie Engineering’s gift to Ellon Rugby

Ellon Rugby Club strength and conditioning coach Andrew Leith and managing director of Wilkie Engineering Russell Davis. The company created and donated specialist equipment to the Club.
Ellon Rugby Club strength and conditioning coach Andrew Leith and managing director of Wilkie Engineering Russell Davis. The company created and donated specialist equipment to the Club.

Newburgh-based Wilkie Engineering has recently created a specialist piece of training equipment for the Ellon Rugby Club.

The equipment has been designed to help players build up their strength and improve their condition as part of their training.

The Ellon Rugby Club follows a programme which works with the players from a young age focusing on their body weight exercises.

The Club continue to work with the youngsters as they get older and move into full strength and conditioning training.

Even though the Club has a number of qualified strength and conditioning coaches, the specialist equipment is expensive.

Wilkie Engineering decided to donate the equipment as a gift to the club.

General manager at Wilkie Engineering, Ray Beattie, said: “We were approached to do it by an acquaintance of the company and he asked if we could manufacture this bit of kit of them.

“As an engineering company working in the oil and gas industry it would be expensive.

“So we thought we would gift it to them to support a local club since we ourselves are also a local company.”

Ray added: “It was designed for building up their strength during training.

“We wish them all the best and we hope they get good use of it.”

Russell Davis,Managing director of Wilkie Engineering, was also impressed with the work of the Ellon Rugby Club.

Strength and conditioning coach for Ellon Rugby Club, Andrew Leith, said: “We would all like to thank Russell and everyone at Wilkie Engineering for their hard work and kind support.

“It will really make a difference to the boys and girls training.”

The new equipment was put to use right away and the Girls Rugby Under 18 Squad were the first to try it out.