Loretto School has announced its inaugural under-10 rugby tournament in partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation.
The event will take place on Sunday, September 28, at Newfield playing fields, East Lothian, and has already attracted a large number of teams from all over Scotland – from Perthshire, East Lothian and Edinburgh, to Fife and the Borders.
The Bill McLaren Foundation was set up with the support of his family, after his death in 2010, to serve three purposes:
l To develop and promote the sport of rugby union and its values
l To encourage and provide sporting opportunities for young people
l To create an educative centre which will include the Bill McLaren Archive
Jonathan Hewat, director of external affairs at Loretto School, told The Southern: “Bill believed passionately in encouraging children, all shapes and sizes, to get involved in sport and to do their best for themselves, for their team and at the same time to honour the game.
“He believed that sport, and rugby in particular, was a great way of helping youngsters develop life skills. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation to ensure that this under-10 rugby tournament instils respect for team-mates, for the opposition and for the officials, which was central to Bill’s teaching, as were discipline, sportsmanship and developing the concept of team and ethos.”
Teams confirmed to take part in the tournament so far include: Galashiels Mini Maroons; Heriot’s; Howe RFC; Hawick Minis; King’s Meadow Primary School; Haddington; Loretto A; Loretto B; Musselburgh A; Musselburgh B; Perthshire; Prestonpans; Portobello Minis and St Andrew’s Madrascals.