A group of rugby daft kids had an afternoon to remember as they were put through their paces at BT Murrayfield by Scotland international, Finn Russell.
The Scotland back held a kicking masterclass for the group of youngsters following a tour of the stadium hosted by Chris Paterson as a charity auction prize from The Eric Liddell Centre’s ‘Going for Gold’ Fundraising Gala in December.
The Eric Liddell Centre, a dementia care charity and community hub based in Morningside, hosted the event where Eric Liddell’s daughter, Patricia Liddell Russell, was presented with her father’s reissued Scotland international rugby cap by the SRU.
Steve Cornwallis, the dad of one of the children who took part in the unique training session said:
“The children had an absolutely fantastic time at BT Murrayfield from the moment we arrived till the moment we left and were still buzzing with excitement hours afterwards, as were most of the Parents. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at the SRU who made this possible.
“I’d like to specifically mention Graham Law who organized and set everything up for us on the day at the stadium, to Chris Paterson who was a most fantastic host and guide for the whole event; and of course to Finn Russell for also taking the time out of his weekend to show the kids how to kick a rugby ball.
“Finally I would like to thank John MacMillan and the Eric Liddell Centre for making all of this possible and for giving the children and parents a truly phenomenal experience of a lifetime.”
Steve’s son, Angus said: “I had a brilliant time and it was great to meet two of my rugby heroes Chris Paterson and Finn Russell and also hear what they think about before they kick a conversion or penalty. It was great fun when we had the touch rugby match on the main pitch at Murrayfield, especially when Finn tried to catch me in the corner to stop me scoring a try but he didn’t make it!”
John MacMillan, CEO of the Eric Liddell Centre said:
“We are pleased that the fundraising Gala we held last year has resulted in a group of youngsters having this once in a lifetime experience. We are also grateful to the SRU for providing the Kicking Masterclass as an auction lot which went a long way in helping us raise much needed funds for our care charity and community hub.”