The Heriot’s Hammers P7 squad recently marked the end of their mini rugby days with a special kit presentation and touch rugby at Inverleith Park.
A tour to Dublin has become a rite of passage for Heriot’s Hammers P7 players but the difficult decision was taken in April to cancel.
Before the cancellation the players and their parents raised funds for the tour over six months through cinema nights, raffles, bake sales on match days and a ceilidh at Goldenacre.
At the presentation kit designed for the tour by player, Michael Sherriff, in the colours of navy, white and pink was handed out to the players by coaches and group managers.
The Heriot’s Hammers P7 squad were coached by David Mowat, Bryan Sherriff, Rich Newall, Jimmy Webster, Gordon Lawrie and David Reid. Lynsey Lawrie was the P7 squad group manager, assisted by Kirsty McWilliam.
Although the tour is unable to be rescheduled, as players will move on to the North Edinburgh Vikings, other clubs or sports, a weekend away is to be organised once coronavirus restrictions are further eased.
Head Coach, David Mowat, said while the tour cancellation was disappointing mini rugby with Heriot’s Hammers had been a very positive experience for players.
“We ended the season with a super squad of 21 players, all of whom have developed greatly as rugby players and who collectively, play an attractive, free-flowing style of rugby with a real focus on fun. The majority of the squad have now signed up with North Edinburgh Vikings for the new S1 season and are eagerly looking forward to the next stage in their junior club rugby careers,’’ he said.
‘‘It has been a great pleasure to have coached this squad for the past seven years, watching them grow as rugby players as well young people, watching the enjoyment and team work they have displayed in their rugby as well as the dedication when things got tough has been incredibly rewarding for all of the coaches. We look forward to coaching them as they progress into the North Edinburgh Vikings.”