Glasgow’s Smithycroft Secondary School has become the first school in Scotland to sign up for the inaugural Rugby League Saltire Schools Cup competition sponsored by Gillette.
Smithycroft is Scotland’s most successful Rugby League playing school and it was the first Scottish school to reach the quarter-finals of the UK Champion Schools competition.
Five Smithycroft pupils represented Scotland in the 2005 World Youth Cup in Moscow and six were selected in 2008 for a Scotland under 18s tour of Serbia, Czech Republic and Malta.
Scottish Rugby League West Regional Development Officer, Susan Senter, commented: ‘Smithycroft has set the bar as far as schools’ Rugby League is concerned in Scotland and we’re delighted that it will be taking part in this inaugural Saltire Schools Cup.
‘The Cup tournament is a production line for Rugby League talent. One former player is currently undertaking trials with Super League side, Hull.
‘We anticipate around 30 schools, all linked to clubs within the Scottish Rugby League, entering the tournament with local rounds taking place between October and December. Regional play-offs, quarter-finals and semi-finals take place from January,’ added Susan.
Entries are still being being sought for the Saltire Schools Cup which is open to secondary schools across Scotland. The competition is aimed at two age ranges with S2 /S3 and S4/S5 combined.
Supported by Gillette and Sport Scotland, the Saltire Schools Cup is being organised by the Scottish Rugby League and follows the successful UK-wide Carnegie Schools tournament which featured a number of Scottish schools
The finals will take place on Friday 29 April 2011 in the impressive surroundings of the refurbished Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow.
For more details email the SRL Regional Development Officers, Michael Wallace (East – 07540 636503 / Michael.Wallace@rfl.uk.com) or Susan Senter (West – 07540 636504 / Susan.Senter@rfl.uk.com)
For further information please visit www.scotlandrl.com.