Day two in Hong Kong and Scotland 7s have been out in the community delivering coaching sessions and meeting the young talents of Hong Kong rugby.
The players started the day off at an event, in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong, which involved children from three years of age up to 18 years, who are part of different rugby development initiatives in the city – the Flying Kukris youth club which is a feeder team for Hong Kong Scottish, the Police mini rugby team and Operation Breakthrough a programme which follows a similar model to that of the ‘Wooden Spoon New Communities’ referral scheme in Greenock and Fife.
As a teacher at George Watson’s College when not on 7s duty, Mark Cairns (Currie), spoke with enthusiasm about what he saw at the Police Sports and Recreation Club today.
He said: “It’s good to see a comparison between what they teach the kids here and what they teach the kids back at home. So many people out here are playing rugby, I didn’t expect that.
“There are definitely some future talents out here who will hopefully develop into good rugby players.”
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One of the ambassadors for Operation Breakthrough and former executive director, Mike Dowie OBE, said: “We have a lot of Scottish connections in Breakthrough so it was really good to see the Scotland lads come out and help. They did a great job with a range of kids.
“We have been in contact with representatives in Scotland involved with similar projects and we are meeting with the Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison, to discuss possible formal ties this week.
“I believe we have advice to offer Scotland and I’m sure Scotland has ideas that will be welcomed here.”
The players concluded the morning activity signing rugby balls and shirts for the children.
In the afternoon the four additional players who have travelled with the squad to take part in the Scottish Barbarians tens team who will compete in the GFI HKFC Tens on Wednesday and Thursday, travelled down to the South of Hong Kong island to deliver a coaching clinic to the Aberdeen Dolphin’s youth team at the Repulse Bay Beach Rugby tournament.
Fraser Harkness (Selkirk), a seasoned Scotland 7s player who will compete with the tens this time round, said: “It’s great to come out here with the kids and build connections. It’s a great experience to come away to the sun and get involved with the tournaments and in the community.
“We just taught the kids the basics of defence and that attack that we learned when we were young.”
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