More than 100 youngsters are set to take part in a game of rugby as part of a bid to raise money for a rugby legend’s charity.
Rugbytots Aberdeen’s play sessions will see around 160 youngsters, from the ages of two to five, take part in the Tartan Tryathlon – a fundraiser for motor neurone disease charity, Doddie Weir’s My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most well-known personalities. In June 2017, the athlete revealed he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease – later the same year he launched the charity.
Rugbytots Aberdeen coach Kevin Brown said the children are looking forward to using some of the skills they have been developing in class, while joining the bid to raise funds for the charity.
Kevin said: “Through Rugbytots we teach catching, passing and balancing skills, but in a fun, yet well-structured way.
“At the end of the day, we just want the students to walk away laughing after a good time.”
The charity aims to raise funds for research into the causes of motor neurone disease, investigate potential cures and to make grants to individuals with the illness in order to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.
Kevin added: “All our coaches are incredibly passionate about rugby and love seeing the kids develop week after week, while burning off lots of energy.
“Doddie Weir is such a highly respected sportsman and such a massive character in the world of rugby. We are keen to do whatever we can to support his foundation and help raise the profile of the illness.”
The Rugbytots Tartan Tryathlon will see the children taking part in three activities – scoring, passing and kicking, with money being raised through sponsorship and donations.
During Doddie’s athletic career, he earned 61 caps for Scotland, represented the British and Irish Lions on their successful tour to South Africa in 1997 and won championships with his two club sides, Melrose and Newcastle Falcons.
Rugbytots Aberdeen currently has classes running in Aberdeen, Westhill, Stonehaven and Inverurie and the events will take place at these venues on February 4.