Carrick Academy rugby captain set to lead out Scotland

Scottish rugby international Dougie Hall with S1 Carrick Academy rugby captain Keelan McCartney who will be a mascot at the upcoming Scotland V Australia match at Murrayfield.
Scottish rugby international Dougie Hall with S1 Carrick Academy rugby captain Keelan McCartney who will be a mascot at the upcoming Scotland V Australia match at Murrayfield.

A Scotland international rugby paid a surprise visit to Maybole last week ahead of the forthcoming viagogo Autumn Tests.

And it was revealed that Carrick Academy’s S1 rugby captain, Keelan McCartney, 12, will be a mascot at the final autumn international- Scotland V Australia on November 23.

The news was delivered by Scotland’s hooker Doug Hall at the Academy’s school of rugby session and the reward came after the school purchased tickets through Scottish Rugby’s clubs and schools group offer. All group offer bookings received before the end of September were automatically entered into a prize draw to win mascot places at each of the three tests.

Keelan said: ““I’m really excited to be a mascot at the Australia match. I’ve been to Murrayfield before, but never on the pitch, so I can’t wait.

“My mum is Australian so that makes the occasion extra special.”

The player and pupils also took the opportunity to help promote the forthcoming viagogo Autumn Tests and the clubs and schools’ group offer that is available.

The discount offers at least a group of eight children to travel to the test matches from £5 with the first two adults going free.

Dougie Hall said: “The group discount being offered by Scottish Rugby is a great value way for youngsters to sample some great quality international rugby for new and returning fans alike.

“It’s great to see that parties who invest could be rewarded for their hard work on the rugby field too, with Keelan being awarded this mascot place for his efforts through the School of Rugby initiative.

“The growth of rugby at Carrick Academy is great, particularly given the strong football tradition in this area.”

Carrick Academy is a CashBack for Communities School of Rugby and the town has seen incredible growth in the oval ball sport in the past two years, with some 42% of pupils at the school now involved with rugby on a weekly basis.

Rugby teacher Gordon Brown won RBS Club Volunteer of the Month in February 2012 and the local rugby club, Carrick, won RBS Club of the Month in March 2013, also.