Hawick Minis Take To The Field

Hawick Rugby Club launched a new mini section last Sunday at Mansfield Park when 110 boys and girls attended and were coached by a new group of volunteers into the game and watched by around 90 interested parents and friends.

Every age group, from primary one through to primary seven, had skills clinics led by the coaches who were helped by members of the current Hawick team, fresh from their convincing Cup win over Gordonians.

Hawick Rugby Club launched a new mini section last Sunday at Mansfield Park when 110 boys and girls attended and were coached by a new group of volunteers into the game and watched by around 90 interested parents and friends.

Every age group, from primary one through to primary seven, had skills clinics led by the coaches who were helped by members of the current Hawick team, fresh from their convincing Cup win over Gordonians.

Former Scotland internationalist and minis coach Derrick Patterson admitted he was overwhelmed by the response and said he was delighted to see so many youngsters taking advantage of the new section.

Derrick went on: "We couldn't have asked for a better start. The weather was kind to us and kids of all ages all had great fun and so did the adults who stayed to watch.

"Everybody seemed to be very positive about the experience and this can only be a positive addition to one of the best rugby breeding grounds in the country."

Although just created, the mini-section has already gathered an enthusiastic group of volunteers, some of whom attended a pilot of the new "Rugby Ready" course at Mansfield Park on Monday and Tuesday night this week.

Derrick added: "I was really surprised how many attended our first session and I'm sure it will grow even further.

"But that brings nice problems and means we need more volunteers and helpers.

"It really is great fun though and I would urge anyone interested to get in touch."

This week's session starts at 11am at Mansfield Park and an invite is extended to anyone of primary age to attend. There will be tea, coffee and bacon rolls on sale for spectators.