A group of Brechin and Montrose youngsters recently enjoyed a visit to Murrayfield as part of the CashBack for Communities scheme.
The Under-14/15s recruits from Angus enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the national stadium and met the Edinburgh Rugby players during preseason before getting an opportunity to put their new found rugby skills to use.
In a hard fought game Brechin edged out Montrose 24-10 on Murrayfield’s state of the art 3G pitch.
The G4S Street Rugby programme is a part of CashBack for Communities and is a portable version of non-contact rugby which is used as an engaging activity in areas of deprivation where opportunities may not be as readily available and young people are often disinterested or unable to take part in sporting activities.
This year saw the Angus Street Rugby programme taken from the streets and straight into Brechin High School and Montrose Schools with the Montrose group being supported by the local rugby club.
The idea behind the move was to target hard-to-reach pupils who had disengaged from the education system and provide them with the opportunity to participate in sport.
The programme was led by Stewart Ross, Angus Council rugby development officer, and Gus Robb, LMART development worker Brechin/Montrose cluster.
Pupils were referred to the programme by guidance teachers who felt certain pupils who were on limited timetables may benefit from a different way of learning outwith the school environment.
Lewis Hill, Brechin captain, added: “Rugby lets us learn about important things like respect and teamwork “We all play together really well because we all go to school together, we know each other and get on really well now.”