Melrose juniors celebrate sevens

All eyes may be on Glasgow this summer, but on Saturday, thanks to National Lottery cash, rugby playing schoolchildren in the Borders will be making the 2014 Commonwealth Games their own.

Melrose RFC has received funding of £7,000 from the Commonwealth Games Celebrate fund to turn this year’s Crichton Cup event, which is 94 years old this year, into a sporting extravaganza to celebrate rugby sevens featuring in Glasgow 2014.

Melrose’s role in founding the abbreviated game and the fact that Saturday’s tournament is the oldest junior sevens event in the world.

More than 350 children from primary one to S6 will be at the Greenyards on Saturday (10.30am-4.30pm), with each team adopting the identity of a Commonwealth nation.

As well as a great day of rugby, including junior tournaments, a kicking competition, girls games, and coaching sessions with senior sevens players, the club has also organised a funfair and photo sessions with the Premier One trophy.

Guest of honour, Samantha Kinghorn, Commonwealth Games wheelchair athlete, will also be in attendance to award the trophies and medals.