Commonwealth Games mascot gets warm welcome at rugby festival
Oct 10 2012
by Kenny Smith, Rutherglen Reformer
RUTHERGLEN and Cambuslang school pupils were given a chance to meet Commonwealth Games 2014 mascot Clyde last week.
Clyde the giant thistle came along to cheer on the South Lanarkshire Primary Schools rugby 7s tournament, which was held last Wednesday in Fernhill Community Centre.
Following on from the fantastic success of the Olympics this year and to promote awareness and interest in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow in 2014, South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture have organised a variety of sporting events to inspire young Scots to take part in sports.
The rugby 7s was delivered by SLL&C in partnership with Event Scotland and attracted 130 P5 pupils from primary schools throughout the Rutherglen and Cambuslang areas.
Fernhill Community Centre was the perfect venue for the event and the fun started at 10am when two teams from each of St Columbkille’s, St Bride’s, St Charles, St Cadoc’s, Hallside, Burgh, Calderwood and James Aiton primary schools took to the field.After fighting their way through the semi-finals and then into the finals, the clear winner of the event was St Bride’s Primary School.
Rugby 7s is a core Commonwealth Games sport and the aim of the day was to encourage even more children to participate in rugby at their local rugby club.
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire said: “So, come on all you young people who are interested in continuing your rugby experience, contact your local club Cambuslang RFC, and, you never know, you could soon be playing for your country too.”
Youngsters interested in starting rugby should email email@example.com for more details.
Clyde was designed by Beth Gilmour (12), from Cumbernauld. She won a UK-wide competition, which attracted more than 4000 entries.