Rewarding Visit To Sarah Roe Jockey Club In Hong Kong

The four additional members of the Scotland 7s squad that will compete in the GFI HKFC Tens on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 March have visited the Sarah Roe Jockey Club in Hong Kong today.

Greig Ryan (Aberdeen Grammar), Fraser Harkness (Selkirk), Russell Weir (Loughborough Students) and Rory Hughes (Glasgow Hawks) and Scottish Rugby’s head of player development Stephen Gemmell joined local development officer Craig Wilson in delivering a rugby session to the group of children who have physical and mental disabilities aged between 11 and 19 years.

 

Craig Wilson said: “The club has been running for three years now and the children love coming along every Monday morning. There isn’t a lot of space in Hong Kong so when they get the chance to run around it’s a big deal.

“We use rugby as a tool to develop their motor skills, co-ordination, teamwork and rugby values.

“Hong Kong goes rugby mad when the sevens come round so it was really exciting for the children to meet the players; their excitement was very high today.”

Greig Ryan added: “We went through some basic rugby drills, did some relays and finished the session off with a big game of bulldog; it was a lot of fun and really good to see the kids enjoying themselves and getting interacted.

“It was really rewarding helping the children today.”

After the trip to the Sarah Roe Jockey Club the four players rejoined the Scotland squad who were training with Canada before being welcomed for lunch at the Diocesan Boys School, where they got involved with some basketball and watched some football.

The visit to the school was organised by Scotsman, Reverend Bill Robertson, as an opportunity to meet the pupils and encourage rugby.

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Scotland 7s will play Fiji on Friday 23 March at 5.06pm (local time), Australia on Saturday 24 March at 10.36am (local time) and France on the Saturday at 3.44pm (local time) in the sixth leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Scotland are hosting the penultimate leg of the circuit at The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s, which will take place at Scotstoun Stadium for the first time on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May.

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The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s is part of the HSBC Sevens World Series.  The event, led by Scottish Rugby, is a partnership with Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the Scottish Government and Event Scotland with the assistance of sportscotland and Glasgow City Marketing Bureau:

  • The HSBC Sevens World Series is a globally recognised event featuring 16 international teams and visiting cities across the world.
  • Glasgow joins Adelaide, Dubai, Port Elizabeth, Wellington, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and London in hosting the competition between 2012 and 2014.
  • Scotstoun Stadium will host 30,000 fans over two days of competition in the penultimate leg of the series.
  • Glasgow is the host city of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the IRB Series is a key part in creating a legacy for the games.

Scottish Rugby works in partnership with sportscotland, the national agency for sport. In 2011, sportscotland invested a total of £156,000 of National Lottery funding into Scottish Rugby’s 7s programme. sportscotland also supports Scottish Rugby 7s by providing high performance expertise through its institute network.