In August 2018, we agreed a 4-year partnership with Boroughmuir Rugby Club to sponsor the ‘Bill Watson Youth Rugby Bursary Programme’. We are delighted with the success after only our first year working together.
Edinburgh based Boroughmuir Ruby Club was founded in 1919 and has rapidly grown year on year. The youth academy is in its 40th year running and was set up with the aim of driving rugby success, participation and performance across all backgrounds and genders. Previously, the costs associated with the sport meant total inclusivity was not being achieved and therefore the bursary programme was launched.
The bursary programme was named in honour of ex player and internationalist Bill Watson, a Boroughmuir Rugby legend who has worked tirelessly for the club for over 50 years. It is designed to remove any financial burdens for those who otherwise would struggle to cover the various costs involved, and in the 12 months since its launch 6 young people have benefited. Costs covered include club membership and coaching fee’s, strips, travel and equipment such as boots and gum shields to name a few. The confidential nature of the application allows the young people enrolled to reap the benefits without being identified to their peers.
Speaking of the support received, President of Boroughmuir Rugby Club, Stevie Douglas said:
“We aim to be the most inclusive club in the country and the sponsorship from Microtech has allowed us to ensure money is not a barrier to young people participating in rugby. We are extremely grateful to Microtech for their continued support and we look forward to developing our partnership with them in the future.”
Managing Director of Microtech Group, Chris McMail added:
“We are delighted to support this fantastic programme, which is the first in Scotland, and are extremely pleased with the success after its first year. As we go into the second year, we’re looking forward to progressing the partnership and allowing more young people to benefit from it.”