Balfron High School in Stirling produced a stirring performance at Scotstoun Stadium in the quarter-final of the ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship today. Represented superbly by each of their three teams, S1 (boys) and S2 (boys) and under 15s (girls), Balfron will now progress to the semi-final stage of the tournament and return to Scotstoun on April 26th to compete for a place in the final.
Represented by three strong teams, Balfron displayed excellent skills and teamwork as they remained undefeated across the entire day, winning all 12 of their matches and scoring a combined total of 101 tries. They will join Shawlands Academy of Glasgow and Wallace High School, also from Stirlingshire as the third school to reach the semi-finals.
If successful, Balfron will take part in the final, a curtain-raiser to the 1872 Cup Final on May 6th, the annual derby between Glasgow and Edinburgh and the oldest representative fixture in world rugby. The champions of the tournament will get their hands on the ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship trophy as well as winning new rugby kits for their school and a coaching session from the Glasgow Warriors stars.
Designed to promote active, healthy lifestyles amongst young people across Scotland, the ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship, now in its second year is a fundamental part of ScottishPower’s three-year sponsorship of Glasgow Warriors and its commitment to supporting grassroots sport in Scotland.
Alastair Kellock, Scottish Rugby Ambassador said: “Today was another fantastic day of rugby at Scotstoun. We continue to be really impressed with the work rate and enthusiasm of all the players taking part. With only one semi-final place left up for grabs the tournament is really heating up and we are excited to see which of the five remaining schools will qualify. Balfron High School have some excellent young players and they can be really proud of their efforts today and for making it through to the next round”.
Keith Anderson, Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower said: “The ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship is a fantastic opportunity for schools to encourage students to get active through sport as well as providing them the chance to play rugby at the home of one of Europe’s premier clubs. We’re delighted to continue working with the Glasgow Warriors to help promote rugby amongst Scottish school students again.”
Miss Campbell, Balfron High school rugby coach said: “I’m really proud of all our players today, all their hard in the build-up to the tournament has really paid off and they have represented the school magnificently. We’re excited to come back to Scotstoun for the semi-final and I know the atmosphere around the school will be excellent. We would like to thank both Glasgow Warriors and ScottishPower for supporting grassroots rugby and giving our pupils the opportunity to play competitively in a professional environment.”
For more information on the ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship, please contact Jen Ward or Tom Hallam on 0131 561 8628 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
- ScottishPower is part of the Iberdrola Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe, and the world leader in operating wind energy. Iberdrola’s main operating areas are Spain, the UK, US, Mexico and Brazil
- In the UK, as well as being a major retail energy supplier, ScottishPower manages the electricity network which supports millions of homes and businesses and is one of the largest producers of renewable electricity
- The company now manages more than 5.6 million retail customer accounts
SP Energy Networks look after more than 100,000 km of power lines and over 30,000 substations, delivering electricity to more than 3.5 million homes and businesses in Scotland, the North West of England and North Wales.