Crichton Cup meets Commonwealth Games

Over 300 children from the Borders recently took part in the world’s longest-running annual children’s tournament, the Crichton Cup.                                                                                                                            

Youngsters from primary one all the way through to under-18 competed in the tournament which was inaugurated in 1919.

This year the Crichton Cup adopted a Commonwealth Games theme to celebrate the birth of the abbreviated game in Melrose, in 1883, and its journey through to Glasgow 2014.

Melrose’s Positive Coaching Scotland programme leader, David Peace, said:

“As the home of rugby sevens, Melrose is excited to be able to join in the Commonwealth party and bring together the world’s oldest children's tournament, with the games coming to Glasgow this summer.

“The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all with both the kids and adults getting involved in the rugby as well as the funfair atmosphere that accompanies the Crichton Cup– it almost felt like a mini Commonwealth Games.”

The Crichton Cup received backing from the Big Lottery Fund, to involve the nine local primary schools closely on the day, as well as educate them on both rugby sevens and the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. In addition to the funding, all players were presented with specially commissioned Commonwealth commemorative medals for participating in the tournament.

In recent years girls have been allowed to compete in mixed teams, however, this year, for the first time, there was a female only section to the tournament for those from primary four to seven.  

In addition to hosting the Crichton Cup, Melrose are continuing with their commitment to their Positive Coaching Scotland accreditation, with a further 12 coaches from the club’s minis section completed their UKCC Level 1 under the guidance of development officers Ross Miller and Chris Lawson.