It’s a touch-down for budding rugby stars in Midlothian!

Over 500 budding rugby stars from across Midlothian, and as far reaching as London and Belfast, took part in the Lasswade Rugby Club Mini Tournament this weekend.

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The Borders Railway project acted as a main sponsor for the tournament after the tournament organisers successfully applied for a share in the Borders Railway project and Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) community fund.

The young rugby stars were made up of teams from across Midlothian, Glasgow, East Kilbride, London and Belfast. They benefited from a series of friendly games, as well as training and coaching sessions.

Mark Henderson, Community Safety Manager for Network Rail, said: “The community fund is all about supporting local projects that help engage with local young people and provide a platform to help inform them about railway safety. The rugby tournament is a great example of this.”

Simon Jones, organiser of the annual Lasswade Rugby Club Mini Tournament, said: “We were delighted to have the Borders Railway on-board as a sponsor this year thanks to the community railway fund. Sourcing funding for the event can be a real struggle, so it was great to have this additional support this year. The young people train hard all year around and the tournament provides them with an opportunity to put all their hard work into practise and have some fun!”

The Lasswade Rugby Club Mini Tournament was one of 22 organisations to benefit in a third round of funding from the Borders Railway project and Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN). The fund saw a total of £5,500 distributed amongst groups from across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders to support causes local to the new railway. Forty-four groups have benefited since the fund launched last year.