Community Catch-Up | April

Community Catch-Up | April

Principal & Prosper Edinburgh Rugby Camps

Last week we had over 100 P4-7 and S1-4 boys take part in the revamped Edinburgh Rugby Camps.

Day one saw the participants were taught new rugby skills through different games of touch followed by Rugby on the Road activities and meeting the players. On day two, focus shifted to learning tackle techniques and offloading skills. The combination of skills from both days was then put into practice with friendly matches under the new SRU age-grade law variations.

The Renegades (boys in S1-4) had the added bonus of a contact session led by MMA instructor Jonny Martin. Through this the boys were upskilled in breakdown techniques and put this straight into practice on the pitch.

Thanks to Otley RUFC

We were pleased to welcome Otley RUFC to BT Murrayfield on Friday night, as the junior outfit faced Forrester RFC as part of our half-time games on the main international pitch.

Homeless Rugby CIC

Homeless Rugby CIC believes participation in grassroots rugby can be a catalyst for people affected by homelessness to engage more effectively with wider society including support services related to health, education, training and employment.

They believe that by creating these opportunities, they can help enable some of the most vulnerable people to transform their lives through rugby. In Scotland, this is run through the partnership between ng homes and School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) Scotland, under the ‘HaVaTry’ banner. This stands for Homeless and Vulnerable, an umbrella term designed to reduce stigma and encourage participation from a wide range of clients.

Focused mainly in Glasgow, HaVaTry participants come almost exclusively from the Pitstops Programme as it is offered as a post-course engagement activity, running weekly sessions in the north of the city at different times throughout the year. In total, 31 participants, both male and female, took part in a block of rugby throughout 2018 in Glasgow, which also saw groups in both Glasgow and Edinburgh take part in the Scottish Rugby Tartan Touch initiative, and represent Scotland at the International Cup competition in May held at Worcester Warriors.

On Friday night, participants from Glasgow and Edinburgh come together to train and play ahead of a launch of a new Edinburgh-based squad. This group, to be supported by Edinburgh Rugby, will train weekly in the run up to the planned 2019 International 3-Nations Tournament in June, this year being held in Edinburgh.

For more information, or to get involved, contact Greg on 07849 465544 or [email protected]

Find out more on their website www.homelessrugby.org and follow them on Twitter: @homelessrugby

Caullie Lug Trophy

Darcy Graham was awarded the 2019 Caullie Lug Award – given to the player who’s shown the most commitment to the jersey throughout the season – following a week-long poll which saw over 1000 supporters cast their vote.

The winger – who has scored seven tries in 18 appearances this campaign – was presented the award following Friday night’s match against Ulster in front of a packed-out Supporters Clubhouse.

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