GLASGOW HAWKS have signed a partnership agreement with the Royal Navy which aims to further establish and advance the sport in the community, and improve rugby standards in both organisations through the sharing of skills, training and coaching
“This is an exciting initiative and has enormous mutual benefit,” said Hawks president Kenny Hamilton. “Hawks is a proven pathway to the top end of the game in Scotland with ten Hawks players moving on to full-time contracts over the last two seasons. Our hope is that we can help some of the Royal Navy’s top performers on that pathway.
“In addition, this strengthens the community links that the Royal Navy in Scotland already has. We look forward to developing this relationship over the next five years.”
The agreement reaffirms a long-standing relationship between Hawks and the Royal Navy in Scotland, stretching back to the memorial match the two sides played in 2007 to celebrate the life of Royal Marine and Glasgow Haws stalwart Craig Hodgkinson, who died of a sudden cardiac arrest on the eve of his 27th birthday in November 2006.
After a shot lull, the sides renewed acquaintances last March in a match which raised money for the Craig Hodgkinson Trust – which was set up by Craig’s parents with the aim of providing defibrilator equipment to every sports clubs in Scotland – as well as the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.
“The Royal Navy is growing in Scotland and for many of my people Glasgow is their home. I will be incredibly proud of any of my sailors or marines able to pull on a Hawks strip and play rugby at such a good level. The Hawks are great ambassadors for the game with a track record of producing talent for the highest levels of Scottish rugby,” said Rear Admiral John Weale, who is Flag Officer for Scotland.