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Pupils from Oban High School are part of a record 1,215 school children from across west, central and southern Scotland warming up for the rugby clash of the year at the 2020 SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship.
Last week Glasgow Warriors’ official Community Partner, SP Energy Networks, welcomed young players, teachers and coaches to their Glasgow HQ to launch this year’s competition.
Charlie Johnston, Oban High School girls team, was present at the launch and said: ‘I want to play for Scotland when I’m older and playing in this event helps me become a better player.
‘I scored quite a few tries last year and hopefully I can do the same again in 2020.’
The tournament will see 27 schools (up from 25 in 2019) go head to head across eight weeks at Scotstoun Stadium, home of Glasgow Warriors, and battle it out to be crowned champions.
This is the third year SP Energy Networks have supported the Championship that aims to raise awareness and improve access to grassroots level rugby – whilst also promoting active and healthy
lifestyles to young people.
The Championship, and important community engagement it generates,
also seeks to recognise sport as a valuable life tool in teaching children about team working, leadership and communication skills.
Oban High School school players will take part in a qualifying round at Scotstoun, on Wednesday, March 18, with an S1 and S2 boys’ team and an under-15s girls’ team competing for each school. St Paul’s High School (Glasgow), Coatbridge High School, Douglas Ewart High School (Newton Stewart) and Balfron High School are also in the group.
A new record of 405 girls are taking part this year. Supporting women and girls on the pitch is mirrored in SP Energy Networks’ support of women in the workplace through activities like apprenticeships, women returners’ programmes and their #NotJustForBoys campaign in partnership with the Scotland Women Rugby team.
Frank Mitchell, CEO of SP Energy Networks said: ‘Our support of the Championship has many benefits – not least helping us to reach out and support the communities we live and work in, but it also gives us the opportunity to talk to many of the youngsters about a possible career in engineering (if they don’t make it as rugby stars!).’
The final will be played before the Guinness PRO14 match between Glasgow Warriors and Ospreys on Friday May 15.
Caption: Oban High School’s Charlie Johnstone joined representatives from schools across west, central and southern Scotland in Glasgow for the launch of the SP 2020 Energy Networks Warriors Championships.
Photo: © Craig Watson. NO_T05_SPEN2020Launch-1