Young Lanarkshire rugby stars backed by Morgan Sindall
A new rugby tournament designed to get more Lanarkshire youngsters playing the game and set up with backing from Morgan Sindall culminated in an action-packed final.
The Hamilton Grammar School team triumphed in the Morgan Sindall Lanarkshire Schools Rugby Cup and Shield event for S3 and S4 students from across Lanarkshire. They beat Duncanrig Secondary School 19-12 in the final of the Cup, held at Dalziel Park, Motherwell.
The Dalziel High School team won the Shield competition – for teams knocked out in the tournament’s first round – triumphing 54-17 against opponents Holy Cross High School.
A total of sixteen schools took part in the contest which began in September. Tournament organiser and North Lanarkshire Council’s rugby development officer Ali McCall says: “Having a competition like this with a trophy to aim for makes a real difference for school rugby squads, giving them something to work towards, encouraging them to raise standards of play and focusing their training. The tournament has been a fantastic event and we’re really grateful for Morgan Sindall’s support which made the whole thing possible.” Morgan Sindall also sponsored a similar event for S1 and S2 Lanarkshire pupils earlier this year.
Morgan Sindall business development director Scott Wilson comments: “As a business, we carry out a large number of schools construction projects and have worked extensively in North and South Lanarkshire, including projects at many of the schools competing in the tournament. Getting involved in the rugby tournament is a great way for us to contribute to the community and give something back to the schools and students, as well as supporting a really worthwhile initiative helping youngsters develop their sporting ability and keep fit and healthy.”
Morgan Sindall is involved in helping transform school buildings across Lanarkshire. In South Lanarkshire, the company has won a contract to design and build the new St Mary’s Primary School in Hamilton, as part of South Lanarkshire Council’s £850 million Primary Schools Modernisation Programme. In North Lanarkshire, the company is working on North Lanarkshire council’s £300 million Schools and Centres 21 framework and is currently on site with new-build projects at Chryston High School and Cathedral Primary School, Motherwell.