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Briggs supports Leith Rugby Club’s aim to expand youth rugby.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP, is backing Leith Rugby Club as it seeks to raise funds to expand the youth rugby it offers in the community. The club’s youth development committee has employed a coach to deliver rugby within Leith Academy and its feeder primary schools during school time and in after school activity clubs. It is keen to expand its offering and establish Sunday rugby and is looking to raise extra funds to allow it to do so. Miles has today tabled a Parliamentary motion commending the club’s efforts and wishing it well in its fundraising campaign.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ Leith Rugby Club’s Youth Development Committee is to be congratulated on its fantastic work in the Leith area in offering rugby to primary and secondary pupils. The after school activity clubs it runs are popular and a very valuable element of community life.

“ All of its youth rugby programmes depend on charitable donations and fundraising and I support Leith Rugby Club as it aims to raise additional funds so that it can expand its offering in Leith.

“ Youth sports programmes and groups like those provided by Leith Rugby Club are really important in helping boost the confidence of our young people and improving their mental and physical wellbeing.”

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* Please see below a copy of Miles’ motion as tabled today.

* For any further information, please contact Miles’ office on 0131 348 5945

Motion Number: S5M-05671
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 18/05/2017

Title: Leith Youth Rugby Development

Motion Text:

That the Parliament commends the efforts of Leith Rugby Club to expand youth rugby in the community; notes that, as a registered charity, the club's youth development committee has employed a coach to deliver the sport both within curriculum time and as part of after-school activity with programmes at Leith Academy and the six primary schools in the academy's catchment area; notes that this includes training for the Leith Academy girls team; understands that the committee’s ultimate aim is to establish Sunday rugby for all age groups and participation in matches and tournaments with other clubs across the country; pays tribute to everyone who works and volunteers for club; understands that its youth development is funded by charitable donations and other fundraising activities, but that additional support will be required to allow it to expand its programme; wishes the club success in raising these extra funds for what it considers to be a valuable and important programme that is already enjoyed by many young people, and believes that its expansion could help improve the health and wellbeing of youngsters in the area.

Miles Briggs