LORETTO School held its 2nd 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 took place on Sunday, 6thMarch at Newfield playing fields at Loretto School, and attracted a large number of teams from all over the Lothian and Borders. 10 youngsters, both boys and girls, took part in the event and they were cheered on by many hundreds of spectators, including Linda and Alan Lawson, Bill’s daughter and son-in-law. There were competitions – the shield and the cup.
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 Communications at Loretto School said, “We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the Bill McLaren Foundation once again this year. 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!”
The results were;
Runners-up : Haddington RFC
Winners : Musselburgh Minis A RFC
Runners-up : Melrose RFC
Winners : Heriots RFC
Logan Kerr from Melrose RFC was chosen as ‘Player of the Tournament’ and the Bill McLaren Award for sportsmanship went to Jason Craig of Haddington RFC.