Newton Stewart pupils share stage with Glasgow Warriors

Douglas-Ewart pupils along side Glasgow Warriors stars (picture: Craig Watson)
Douglas-Ewart pupils along side Glasgow Warriors stars (picture: Craig Watson)

Douglas-Ewart High School pupils took part in the SP Energy Networks Warriors Championship at a sun-baked Scotstoun, the home of Glasgow Warriors.

The fourth round of qualifying saw five schools enter S1 and S2 level boys’ teams and an under-15s girls’ team.

A total of 193 tries were scored across 30 matches involving 15 teams from schools including Eastwood High School, Douglas-Ewart High School, Belmont Academy, McLaren High School and Shawlands Academy, with Shawlands progressing to the next round.

Scotland and Glasgow Warriors star Jonny Gray took time out from training to watch the action on April 17 alongside his Warriors teammates Darcy Rae and Leonardo Sarto.

Gray said: “Watching the kids today you can tell how much fun they are having, it’s great to see.

“The numbers are growing in the girls’ game and what the Scotland Women’s team is doing in the Six Nations is inspiring loads of girls to play rugby.

“There’s a lot of role models for the youngsters which has helped create a feel-good factor across the sport at all levels in Scotland.”

He added: “I tried to play football with a rugby ball initially. I had no idea about the rules but I was hooked.

“I just remember how much fun it was playing with guys I had never met before and then making new friends for life.”

Former Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock, now a Scottish Rugby Ambassador and commercial operations manager at the club added: “The Warriors Championship is about getting a rugby ball into the hands of as many girls and boys as possible and there has been some brilliant rugby on display in the qualifying rounds.

“I was luckily enough to play professionally but for me it’s about the enjoyment, having fun in a team environment.

“The friends through rugby you keep forever.

“I started playing when I was five and then had to make a decision when I was 16 to choose between rugby and football.

“I’m very glad I chose rugby.”

SP Energy Networks are working with Glasgow Warriors on a wide-range of community initiatives, including the Warriors Championship.

Twenty five schools from across the west, central and southern Scotland will take part in the tournament.

The 2018 champions will take home the Warriors Championship trophy and brand new rugby kit for their school.`