Inaugural Bill McLaren Foundation and Loretto School Under 10 Rugby Tournament a Resounding Success
27th October 2014

LORETTO School held its inaugural Under 10 rugby tournament in partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation and the event is being hailed as a resounding success.

The ‘Bill McLaren Foundation and Loretto School Under 10 Rugby Tournament’, sponsored by Savills, took place on Sunday, 28thSeptember at Newfield playing fields at Loretto School, and attracted a large number of teams from all over Scotland – from Perthshire, East Lothian and Edinburgh to Fife and the Scottish Borders. 150 youngsters, both boys and girls, took part in the event and they were cheered on by many hundreds of spectators. There were three competitions – the shield, the plate and the cup competition.

Bill McLaren was a Scottish rugby union commentator, teacher, journalist and one time rugby player. Until his retirement in 2002, he was known as ‘the voice of rugby’ and he was renowned throughout the sport – his enthusiasm and a memorable turn of phrase endeared him to many.

Following Bill McLaren’s death in 2010, The Bill McLaren Foundation was set up in Bill’s name, with the support of his family, to serve three purposes :

·         ·         To develop and promote the sport of rugby union and its values

·         ·         To encourage and provide sporting opportunities for young people

·         ·         To create an educative centre which will include the Bill McLaren Archive

Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School said, “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation. 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.

Sunday’s Under 10 rugby tournament was a great success and instilled 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. Fun and friendship were very much at the heart of Sunday’s tournament. We have great plans to extend next year’s tournament making it even bigger and better!”

Prizes were presented by Linda Lawson, Foundation Trustee and Bill’s daughter.

Link to photographs from the day can be found here -


The results were as follows (with photograph numbers attached – photographs show Linda Lawson, Bill McLaren’s daughter with various team);

Shield competition

1 Hawick 2 (photograph 180)

2 Howe of Fife (photograph 179)

3 Loretto (photograph 178)


Plate competition

1 Prestonpans Hornets (photograph 185)

2 Hawick 1 (photograph 184)

3 Loretto (photograph 183)

4 Musselburgh Eagles (photograph 182)


Cup competition

1 Heriots (photograph 192)

2 Perthshire (photograph 190)

3 Mackie Academy (photograph 189)

4 Portobello (photograph 188)


Additional photographs;

187 – Savills player of the tournament went to a Heriots player, pictured here with Anna Gardiner of Savills, Edinburgh

191 – The captain on the Heriots Team with Linda Lawson

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