Youth rugby to get ‘major investment’

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Hawick RFC have announced ambitious plans for a £60,000 investment in youth rugby in the town over the next four years.

The Mansfield Park outfit has been boosted by a cash windfall from Sportscotland’s Direct Club Investment Fund – the money coming from the £10million pot available to local sports clubs in Scotland.

The Greens join Ayr and Cartha Queens Park in having received Direct Club funding, which will see the introduction of a four-year programme aimed at developing young, local rugby players from the ages of 15-18. And it is hoped that a number of the participants will go on to represent Scotland at age-grade levels, with the ultimate goal of reaching elite-level rugby and full international honours.

The Sportscotland funding boost is thought to be worth £30,000 with Hawick RFC matching that figure to bring to the total to £60,000.

Hawick president Ross Cameronsaid: “We’re delighted that Sportscotland has matched the commitment of the club with a major investment over the coming years.

“Our aim is to provide players with the best possible support team to allow them to reach their full potential.

“Our head coach Nikki Walker and the new coaching support will coordinate the programme and work with the SRU’s regional managers to provide the best possible experience for these young players.”

Cameron continued: “We are looking forward to seeing more young Hawick players join Stuart Hogg in the Scotland squad.”

Teries are reminded that entry is free to tomorrow’s Hawick v Tynedale friendly match, which kicks off at 15.14 to mark the anniversary of the battle of Hornshole. There is also a veterans’ game at 2pm. Club members are welcome from 1pm for a free finger buffet. There will also be a barbecue during the afternoon and families are invited to come along and enjoy the day.

All roads lead to Mansfield Park on Friday, August 29, when pro sides Newcastle and Edinburgh go head to headin a pre-season friendly. Pre-match food will be available in the clubrooms and
there will also be fast food and a beer tent. Again, the club is extending a warm welcome to families for what promises to be a mouth-watering encounter.

More information on Hawick RFC at www.hawickrfc.co.uk