School benefits from Bill

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HAWICK HIGH SCHOOL has become the first beneficiary of the Bill McLaren Foundation.

A grant of £2,000 has been awarded to the school, where the legendary Voice of Rugby taught right up until his retirement, for the pilot of the Class of Rugby.

The initiative is a partnership with Scottish Rugby, Borders College and Hawick High School for the delivery of a curriculum-based rugby course for S3 pupils, offering students an opportunity to receive a qualification in individual performance in rugby.

Linda Lawson, Bill’s daughter, said: “We’re delighted that the first grant was awarded to Hawick High School – a location very close to Dad’s heart.

“As well as fulfilling one of the aims of the foundation ‘to develop and promote the game of rugby and its values’, this grant also emphasises his passion for teaching.

“The foundation has now reached the stage where we have a modest sum available from which we can award grants.

“We’re looking at a number of applications from all over the UK and are looking forward to announcing other national projects shortly.”

Alan Williamson, head teacher of Hawick High School, added: “We feel very privileged to be piloting the scheme because of the potential that this has within the school curriculum.

“This grant will enhance the Class of Rugby and help develop the course content. The additional significance of Bill having taught here makes us even prouder to have been awarded the first grant from the Bill McLaren Foundation.”

As part of its fundraising and to enable further grants, the foundation asks all fans of the late Bill McLaren to join their supporters’ club.

The club features four categories of membership – individuals, schools, rugby clubs and corporate companies – with suggested annual donations starting at £20. To join and for more information, please visit www.billmclarenfoundation.co.uk/support.