Warriors date for Carrick

Carrick Academy will take on Cumnock Academy, Maxwelltown High School and Ardrossan Academy in a bid to win a place in the semi-finals of the ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship.

The schools will face off at Scotstoun, the home of the Glasgow Warriors, on Wednesday 23 March, in a quarter-final match where Warriors players will attend to cheer on the schools and give teams their top tips to inspire them to glory.

A total of 16 school teams will compete in the tournament with an additional 12 schools from across the West of Scotland taking part throughout March alongside Carrick Academy, Cumnock Academy, Ardrossan Academy and Maxwelltown High School.

Triumphant teams from the quarter-finals will then progress to the semi-final showdown stage taking place at their own school grounds. Winners of the semi-final will then play in the final at Scotstoun on Friday 6 May where the champions will win new rugby kits for their school, as well as the first ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championships trophy.

The ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship has been created to provide further opportunities for pupils to take part in rugby at a grass roots level, and follows on from successful conferences run by Scottish Rugby’s School and Youth Department between August and December.

Michael Kirk, Carrick Academy rugby development officer said: “There is a buzz around the school at the moment as we gear up to take part in the ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship and the pupils can’t wait to get started. The tournament gives them a chance to experience playing in a professional environment, improve their rugby skills and compete against other schools from the West of Scotland. The team is relishing the opportunity to meet their heroes from the Glasgow Warriors and get some advice to spur them on to win the ScottishPower Warriors Rugby Championship trophy.”