Going down the Wight road for a brighter future in sevens

Melrose Sevens 2014, Scott Wight.
Melrose Sevens 2014, Scott Wight.

Two of Melrose’s brightest rugby sevens stars are inviting Borders school children to go along to Selkirk Rugby Club next month to enrol in their ‘School of Sevens’.

Youngsters from S1-S4 can participate in the one-day, high-octane event, on Wednesday, July 15, which will feature fun, structured sessions with current Scotland Sevens players.

Coming from the home of rugby sevens, Scott Wight is not unfamiliar to the shortened game, having captained Melrose and Glasgow Warriors to victory in the 2011 and 2014 Melrose Sevens respectively, and having been part of the national squad since 2013. His rugby understanding, awareness of space and skillset are suited to sevens and he and Mark Robertson hope to pass on some of their vast experience in order to grow the game in future years.

“It’s a really opportunity for these youngsters to come along, show off their skills and hopefully enhance them,” said Wight.

“We hope to include a bit of everything in terms of professional environment, analysis, and strength and conditioning, but with rugby sevens being the main focus.”

The duo have been busy preparing for their new venture by running taster sessions at local high schools and are looking to identify players who have the potential to play age-group representative rugby at both district and national level.

“This is a long-term commitment from myself and Mark with the aim of trying to get a cross-district sevens competition running through the summer in around five years’ time,” added Wight.

For more information, go to www.schoolofsevens.com