Housebuilder backs kids’ rugby club

STEWART Milne Homes is to sponsor the Dalkieth Little Ruggers group for the upcoming 2022/23 season.

More than 40 budding rugby players aged two to five years old turned out for the team’s recent training session ahead of the new season.

The popular sports club holds two classes every Sunday morning in a bid to inspire youngsters to get into rugby early on through encouraging them to build their confidence, agility, and basic rugby ability in a ‘fun and energetic’ environment.

Stewart Milne Homes has provided the aspiring players with Little Ruggers t-shirts to wear to training sessions each week, as well as mini rugby balls to practice with at home.

Funding of £2,200 from Stewart Milne Homes has also been welcomed by the club to help continue to grow the Little Ruggers classes, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and forming a welcoming community in the Midlothian town.

Tony Williamson, sales & marketing director for Stewart Milne Homes Scotland, said, “After sponsoring the Dalkeith Minis Rugby Festival in May this year, we were thrilled to see the positive impact that the sport has on the local community. That’s why we wanted to extend our support for the club, and the Little Ruggers group is a fantastic initiative to encourage healthy lifestyles from an early age.

“Supporting communities is in the fabric of our ethos, and we’re consistently working with local residents, organisations and schools that share our people-first values. We’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with Dalkeith Rugby Club and wish the Little Ruggers – and potential future rugby stars – good luck in their new season.”

Susan McGhee, head coach of Dalkeith Rugby Club’s Little Ruggers, added, “Our Little Ruggers group is a popular fixture in the Dalkeith community, both for the introduction to rugby it offers to youngsters and the social aspect enjoyed by families. We all share a passion for rugby but equally ensuring that there is a positive community spirit amongst players and families, which we know Stewart Milne Homes also champions.

“The support from Stewart Milne Homes is a welcomed gesture, both by the club and families, and we’re pleased to continue to build on our relationship with their team.”