Wednesday 22 March 2017

Another Successful Mini Rugby Tournament

Another successful Accies/BATs Minis Tournament was held at New Field on Sunday 19 March. 560 children took part, representing eleven different clubs, and there was a great festival atmosphere. Even the weather was helpful: dry, if a bit breezy.

The four age groups were won by four different clubs: Linlithgow at P4, North Berwick at P5, BATs at P6 and Kinross at P7. All showed some excellent rugby skills. In addition to BATs triumphing at P6 in a nail-biting golden try final, the Accies Minis were runners up in P5. The tournament clearly showed that youth rugby in Scotland is very much alive, with plenty of talent coming through the younger age groups.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Murray & Currie and Edinburgh Self Storage, good levels of programme advertising and a roaring trade at the tuck shop, the tournament was also financially successful, with a healthy profit (that will be ploughed back into youth rugby) to show for all the hard work put in by so many.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way. The tournament could not happen without your help. However, we would especially like to highlight the efforts of:

  • Harry Renwick and his organising committee, who were responsible for the overall organisation of the tournament
  • George Sutherland and the Edinburgh Academy grounds' team
  • Scotland international Tom Brown and Trevor Mapara from Murray & Currie, who awarded the medals and trophies
  • he volunteer referees from the participating clubs
  • The volunteers who kept time and scores for the matches
  • The volunteers who assisted with programme and raffle ticket sales
  • The volunteers in the tuck shop and those who provided the sandwiches and home baking

Last, but by no means least, heartfelt thanks to all the parents and players from the other clubs who attended the tournament. Without you, there would be no tournament. Thank you for coming along and supporting the event.

The victorious P6 squad


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