A Scotland international player has treated a school in Scotland’s southwest to a surprise visit today, ahead of the forthcoming viagogo Autumn Tests.
Carrick Academy in Maybole, South Ayrshire, is a CashBack for Communities School of Rugby and the town has seen incredible growth in the oval ball sport in the past two years, with some 42% of pupils at the school now involved with rugby on a weekly basis.
Rugby teacher Gordon Brown won RBS Club Volunteer of the Month in February 2012 and the local rugby club, Carrick, won RBS Club of the Month in March 2013, also.
The school has now added another accolade, which rewards their fantastic rugby growth. Keelan McCartney, 12, will be the first school mascot to run out with the Scotland team on Saturday 23 November at the final viagogo Autumn Test v Australia.
The reward comes after the school purchased tickets through Scottish Rugby’s clubs and schools group offer. All group offer bookings received before the end of September were automatically entered into a prize draw to win mascot places at each of the three tests.
Today at a School of Rugby session international hooker, Doug Hall delivered the exciting news to S1 rugby captain, Keelan. Keelan said:
“I’m really excited to be a mascot at the Australia match, I’ve been to Murrayfield before, but never on the pitch, so I can’t wait.
“My mum is Australian so that makes the occasion extra special.”
The player and pupils also took the opportunity to help promote the forthcoming viagogo Autumn Tests and the clubs and schools’ group offer that is available.
The discount offers at least a group of eight children to travel to the test matches from £5 with the first two adults going free.
Hall said: “The group discount being offered by Scottish Rugby is a great value way for youngsters to sample some great quality international rugby for new and returning fans alike.
“It’s great to see that parties who invest could be rewarded for their hard work on the rugby field too, with Keelan being awarded this mascot place for his efforts through the School of Rugby initiative.
“The growth of rugby at Carrick Academy is great, particularly given the strong football tradition in this area.”
Scotland are set to take-on Japan (Saturday 9 November, kick-off 2.30pm), South Africa (Sunday 17 November, kick-off 3pm) and Australia (Saturday 23 November, kick-off 6pm) in this year’s autumn internationals.