Highland RFC to host charity touch tournament
Highland Rugby Club head coach Dave Carson is hosting a charity touch rugby tournament at Canal Park tomorrow.
The day will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Unit in Glasgow.
There have been two previous tournaments like this at Highland, but when they were redeveloping their clubhouse at Canal Park the charity day was sidelined.
Carson expects 20 teams to be taking part again tomorrow, but anyone is welcome to go and watch, with refreshments available from the club.
One team can have seven players on the pitch at any time, with a minimum of two women included in that.
But even though Highland have had a great deal of success in recent times, Carson says players of all abilities will be in action.
“It’s not actually clubs, it’s just folk that have entered teams from places like my work,” he explained.
“There’s a team in from the aquadome, just groups of friends that have got together to enter a team.
“There are a couple of teams coming up that are friends of friends from Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“Some of them have never played rugby.
“It’s just a relaxed, fun day out where we’ll be throwing the ball about for three or four hours on Saturday afternoon.”
As a cancer survivor himself, it is a cause that is close to Carson’s heart.
The decision to raise money for the National Spinal Unit was made after a friend of his son Callum was injured in an accident.
“Macmillan Cancer Support were fantastic with helping me and helping my family when I was going through it.
“Then also, a friend of Callum’s got knocked down by a bike a year past January and she’s in a wheelchair now for the rest of her days.
“She was in the spinal unit down in Glasgow for eight or nine months, so we’re going to put some of the money towards them as well to help with equipment.”