Heriot’s launch charity partnership with Capability Scotland

Rugby coaching in a disability-accessible way will allow budding athletes the chance to enjoy first-hand the fun and camaraderie of the sport

Andrew Philip of Capability Scotland and Heriot's President Iain Duckworth launched their new partnership ahead of the club's Super6 match versus Boroughmuir Bears earlier this month.
Andrew Philip of Capability Scotland and Heriot's President Iain Duckworth launched their new partnership ahead of the club's Super6 match versus Boroughmuir Bears earlier this month.

HERIOT’S have launched their latest charity partnership with Capability Scotland, one of Scotland’s leading social care providers for disabled people, who are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year.

The two-year partnership will support delivering rugby coaching in a disability-accessible way to the customers of Capability Scotland, allowing some excited, budding athletes the chance to enjoy first-hand the fun and camaraderie of the sport. The partnership will also allow the club members to engage with a new community of disabled people, providing new experiences and learning.

“We are incredibly excited to be partnering with such a storied club as Heriots, who have been an integral part of their community for many years,” said Brian Logan, Chief Executive of Capability Scotland. “This partnership will offer opportunities for people we support to engage with the club and for club members to engage with our services. Of course, we are delighted Heriots have expressed a desire to help deliver a few ambitious fundraising events!”


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Iain Duckworth, President of Heriot’s Rugby Club, will play a lead role in one of the new partnership’s first fund/awareness-raising initiatives, an intense four-day cycling challenge around Capability Scotland’s service centres, visiting Edinburgh, Lanark, Glasgow, Perth, Dundee and back to Edinburgh.

“We are absolutely delighted to partner with Capability Scotland,” said Duckworth. “Not only are we partnering with the charity themselves, but we are also engaging in many activities. One of which is very close to my heart, a fundraising cycle ride, all 260 miles of it over 4 days, linking up with all of the services across Scotland. The players are so excited to get started with some rugby training with some of the Capability Scotland customers.”

With other events in store, both organisations invite readers of The Offside Line to follow the partnership by clicking HERE.


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