Young rugby players in Edinburgh receive an early Christmas present

Young rugby players in Edinburgh have received an early Christmas present thanks to the support of a leading regional builder.

Founded in 1964 by ex-pupils of Forrester High School and members of the local community, Forrester Rugby Club has become the latest group to be given a £1,000 cash boost by Persimmon Homes East Scotland as part of its year-long initiative to support local communities.

The club encourages school children from some of Edinburgh’s socially deprived areas to live a healthier and more active lifestyle in an inclusive and safe environment. Run entirely by volunteers the club actively encourages the development of life skills, team work, self discipline and social interaction to help to improve their employability and discourage negative behaviour and substance abuse.

Lead Trustee at Forrester React 2 Rugby Trust, Bill Smith, commented:

“This is like an early Christmas present for our charity and I know that I am speaking on behalf of our fellow Trustees when I say that this helps us carry on our voluntary work in the knowledge that it will keep our minibus on the road for part of the year.

“Through taking rugby in our local schools we are offering young people the opportunity to have a healthy life, build friendships and more importantly to enjoy themselves.”

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director of Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said:

“Our Community Champions initiative is a great way to support the local communities where we are currently working.

“Forrester Rugby Club is a fantastic club with passionate and dedicated volunteers that offer young people a pathway into the sport, a movement that Persimmon Homes East Scotland is proud to support.”

The housebuilder is currently building a range of two bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bedroom homes just minutes away from the Forrester Rugby Club at its latest development, Station Mews.

The Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide the company will donate a total of £750,000.

Jim concluded:

“If people were unsuccessful last month, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion.”