Edinburgh Rugby make kit donation to local clubs
Edinburgh Rugby have put last season’s Macron match and training kit to good use by donating it to six local rugby clubs.
The 2019-20 collection of Macron gear – that has been donated by the Edinburgh Rugby playing group – will be sent to Lismore, BATs, Corstorphine, Linlithgow, North Berwick and Kelso in the coming weeks in an effort to help clubs raise funds or provide their players with training kit for when rugby safely resumes.
Lismore RFC will be using the kit as part of a fundraising event, with the money going towards the repair of their home pitch, Inch Park, that was recently damaged by vandals.
On receiving the donation of kit, Lismore RFC and Edinburgh Harlequins Rugby Development Officer Eric Jones, said:
“Lismore and Edinburgh Harlequins are very grateful to Edinburgh Rugby for this donation of players kit.
“We are looking to run a fundraising event in the next couple of months for the whole club where we will look to auction off the kit.
“Any money raised will be re-invested into the running of our programme. We have tried hard as a club to provide as much rugby as we could for our members, within varying guidelines, and this has come at an increased cost to the running of the various programmes.
“Our pitches recently suffered some damage as a result of what we think is someone driving over them on a quad bike.
“The rugby club invested a four-figure sum in finance and volunteer time during lockdown to ensure all the pitches were well kept and ready for players to return when restrictions are lifted.
“We are delighted that we are getting this opportunity for some of our members to potentially be running around in WP Nel’s kit and raise some much-needed funds for the club at the same time.”
Edinburgh Rugby Community Coach, Andrew Whitelaw, has worked closely with the six local clubs to organise the kit donation, and added:
“It’s an incredibly challenging time for everyone, but especially so in clubland where no matches are being played and clubs are not making as much, if any, money at the moment.
“Previously, our players’ kit has been shipped around the world to help others in need, but this year - as a community team - we decided to focus closer to home.
“The six clubs we’ve chosen allows us to hit all the regions that Edinburgh Rugby associate with and where a lot of our home grown players come from.
Stay tuned the Edinburgh Rugby Community Team’s social channels for further updates on the kit donation, or visit the P&P Community Hub at edinburghrugby.org.