Crusaders RFC’s New Junior Team Aims to Promote Health Issues Among Young Men

The Crusaders rugby team are piloting the Junior Crusaders where players from various clubs and schools come together to build friendships and encourage young players to keep playing with various clubs. The fixtures will build on the work done by the Crusaders, promoting men’s health issues at a younger age. The Junior Crusaders will have players drawn from the BATs, Broughton, Edinburgh Academy, Fettes, Heriots, Leith Academy, Loretto, Royal High, Stewarts Melville and Trinity.

There will be 3 fixtures. 18th April Junior Crusaders vs Stewarts Melville, 25 April Junior Crusaders vs Heriots and 2 May Junior Crusaders vs BATs. Clubs and schools will be asked to provide players in specific positions for the match day squad. As well as building friendships, the fixtures will be used to raise awareness and funding for men’s health issues, such as testicular cancer. The Crusaders are looking to continue the fixtures next season if they are a success.

Miles tabled a congratulatory motion on the subject yesterday morning in Parliament.

Miles Briggs. Lothian MSP comments:

“This is an excellent idea to bring young rugby players from Schools and Clubs across Edinburgh and promote men’s health issues.

“The fixtures will be a great opportunity for raising awareness and funding for charities that do such good work.

“I look forward to coming along and supporting the teams when they play in April.”

Mark Dainter, Crusaders CEO comments:

“The Junior Crusaders have been established to educate young players about men’s health issues and better understand their own bodies.

“The goal is to create an environment where young players feel able to talk about men’s health issues and break down any stigma associated with men’s health issues, as they go into adulthood.

“There will be pin badges awarded to those who have played for the Junior Crusaders, presented at their schools and clubs, for the player’s to show their support for men’s health issues.”


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Motion Number: S5M-10191
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 30/01/2018

Title: Crusaders RFC’s New Junior Team Aims to Promote Health Issues Among Young Men

Motion Text:

That the Parliament congratulates the Crusaders charity rugby club on establishing a Junior Crusaders team to build friendships, encourage young players to keep playing with various clubs and highlight young men’s health issues; commends what it considers the excellent work done by the Crusaders in promoting men’s health issues, such as testicular and prostate cancer, through raising awareness and fundraising; considers the promotion of men’s health issues at a younger age to be extremely important; understands that the Junior Crusaders will be made up of various schools and clubs across Edinburgh and will have fixtures against Stewarts Melville, Heriots and the BATs rugby teams; wishes the Crusaders every success with the Junior Crusaders pilot, and hopes that the fixtures will be repeated next season.

Miles Briggs