Scotland’s oldest rugby club has secured a second year’s sponsorship with Her Majesty the Queen’s silversmiths, Hamilton and Inches, and the youth charity, SkillForce, whose patron is Prince William.
Members of RBS Premier Division side Edinburgh Accies, pupils from James Gillespie’s High School involved in SkillForce, Scotland and Edinburgh rugby back-row forward, David Denton and Edinburgh Rugby and Edinburgh Accies scrum-half, Alex Black, were at Murrayfield today to confirm the sponsorship.
Edinburgh Accies president, Euan MacFie, said: “It’s great that Hamilton and Inches are supporting us for a second year and that SkillForce are coming on board this season.
“We look forward to promoting this charity and helping more young people get involved with rugby and sport.”
Karen Wilson, SkillForce’s fundraising development manager, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to raise the profile and showcase the work that SkillForce does in Scotland.
“Currently, we are working with 41 schools across the country, including nine in Edinburgh.”
Scotland forward Denton, who signed to Edinburgh Rugby from Accies in 2010/11, said: “It’s important to support the growth of rugby at amateur and youth levels. By doing this the professional games thrives.
“Edinburgh Accies are definitely going in the right direction, introducing this new partnership, because they are ensuring young people are being given the best chance to be involved with rugby and sport.”
Founded in 1857, Accies is the oldest rugby club in Scotland and the second oldest in the world. The club boasts more capped Scotland players than any other Scottish club and produced the 1925 and 1990 Grand Slam captains, G P S MacPherson and David Sole.
Edinburgh Accies are proactive in delivering sports programmes for boys and girls at schools across north Edinburgh, through their partnership called BATs (Broughton, Accies, Trinity community rugby club). By running after-school clubs and sports camps, their aim is to motivate, educate and inspire through the power of sport, developing fit and healthy young people.
SkillForce provides young people with learning opportunities in the classroom and outdoor environments, to motivate and inspire them to succeed. The young people are involved in physical activities including the expedition element of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and in the Sports Leaders awards. They also take part in team building exercises within the classroom and in outdoor activities. Participants typically spend half a day a week for one or two years with a SkillForce team of two trained instructors.
Established in 1866 and initially a partnership between a goldsmith, watchmaker and jeweller, Hamilton & Inches now offers a unrivalled selection of fine jewellery of unmatched craftsmanship as well as world leading watch brands.
Hamilton & Inches is one of the few silversmiths in the UK to still operate its own workshops. Spread over three floors above the Edwardian grandeur of the iconic Edinburgh store, the sprawling workshops are almost the last of their kind and are home to a team of the UK’s finest craftsmen.