FAMILIES from across Edinburgh and the Lothians turned out ‘in force’ at the Dalkeith Minis Rugby Festival 2022 on Sunday.
The event, hosted at King’s Park by Dalkeith Rugby Club and supported by Stewart Milne Homes, resulted in more than 400 primary school children across six teams compete in a round robin festival of 12-minute matches throughout the day.
Stewart Milne Homes was the main sponsor of the event and provided funding to support the organisation of the festival, alongside reusable water bottles for the children, and a gazebo for the event which acted as the main hub for attendees.
Rugby balls were also donated to the club for the kids to use when on the pitch and all participants took home a competition medal as a keepsake of the action-packed day.
Dawn Lawrence, sales consultant at Stewart Milne Homes’ Shawfair development, said, “Events such as the Dalkeith Minis Rugby Festival are the foundation of thriving communities, and at Stewart Milne Homes we share the club’s passion in creating vibrant places and a sense of belonging that people want to call home.
“After virtual events have dominated the agenda for the last two years, it’s fantastic to see a huge number of youngsters get outdoors once again into green, natural space and participating in activities that promote healthy lifestyles.
“We’re very proud to work with community groups and sports clubs, and it is humbling to be able to offer a helping hand to an organisation which shares our people-first values. I’d like to say thank you to Dalkeith Rugby Club for collaborating with us on such a fun, family-orientated event.”
Christopher Boyle, head of Minis Rugby at Dalkeith Rugby Club, added, “The Minis Rugby Festival is one of the highlights in our calendar and we are thrilled to see such a fantastic turn out for the 2022 event.
“The whole team shares a passion for enhancing sporting opportunities across the Midlothian region and beyond for our next generation and seeing these efforts culminate in events is incredibly rewarding. The funding support and gifted items from Stewart Milne Homes have been gratefully received by the club and everyone who attended.”