Hospice Funds From Mini Rugby Charity Festival Set To Pass ?20,000

The highlight of the mini rugby season in Central Scotland will take place on Sunday 24th April in Fintry with the fifth annual Strathendrick RFC Mini Rugby Charity Festival. Although it is Easter Sunday, over 450 children will participate from 12 Clubs to raise money for three local hospices.

Teams from Allan Glens, GHA, Glasgow Accies, GHK, Lenzie, West of Scotland, Falkirk, Helensburgh, Hillfoots, Cambuslang, East Kilbride and of course Strathendrick’s own minis teams, will all come together in Scotland’s largest mini rugby charity rugby festival. Pro-players from Glasgow Warriors and SRU President Ian (Mighty Mouse) MacLachlan will also attend to give the children support and encouragement.

Being held at Strathendrick RFC in Fintry, this festival promises not just to be a great afternoon of holiday rugby for the children but entertaining and exciting for the supporting families too. It is expected that more significant funds will be raised for the three well-established and local hospices – Strathcarron Hospice in Denny, Robin House in Balloch and The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow. These were chosen as three prominent Scottish charities serving the communities where the teams are coming from, and this year’s proceeds will take the total raised by the festival to well over £20,000.

Iain Somerville, Organiser of the Strathendrick RFC Minis Section says: “We are again pleased to welcome many of our colleague clubs from the Central area for this great day of rugby which offers friendly competition and brings together clubs and their supporters in a real community event. This is a great day of fun rugby  - rugby as it should be enjoyed - as well as raising much needed funds for three worthwhile hospices. We also hope to be celebrating a victory for the club’s senior side in the final of the Scottish Bowl which takes place at Murrayfield the weekend before the festival.”

Strathendrick has a thriving minis section with some 65-70 children from p3 – p7 (and some even younger) playing on regular basis throughout the season with the Club.

The emphasis is on fun and participation so every playing child will receive a medal, but there will be winners’ awards at each age group level and a trophy for the most successful club overall. Another important award is for the club judged by its competitors to be most sporting. The event is receiving support from a large number of notable sponsors, and there will also be a family tombola with lots of interesting prizes.

There will be a burger and snack bar for players and spectators. The teams will arrive at 12.15pm with Kick Off at 1pm and the festival is expected to finish with the award ceremony at around 4.30pm.

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Fenella Taylor                                                          Iain Somerville
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