High school nets first raft of Foundation funding

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HAWICK High School has received the first grant from the Bill McLaren Foundation.

It was revealed yesterday that the charity has awarded £2,000 for the pilot of “The Class of Rugby” – a partnership with Scottish Rugby, Borders College and the high school for the delivery of a curriculum-based rugby course for S3 pupils.

It offers students an opportunity to receive a qualification in individual performance rugby.

Linda Lawson, Bill’s daughter and Foundation director said it was a fitting first.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

And Alan Williamson, headteacher at the 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 more proud to have been awarded the first grant from the Bill McLaren Foundation.”

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.billmclarenfoundation.co.uk/support.