Vik­ings se­cure spon­sor­ship from fish farm com­pany

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A TAYNUILT-BASED chil­dren’s rugby club has se­cured spon­sor­ship for equip­ment and match strips from a lo­cal fish farm­ing com­pany, en­sur­ing chil­dren have ev­ery­thing they need to im­prove their game.

Etive Vik­ings RFC, a mini rugby club based in Taynuilt for P2-P7 play­ers with around 40 play­ers at­tend­ing each weekly train­ing ses­sion, have re­ceived a to­tal of £1,500 in spon­sor­ship from Dawn­fresh, the UK’s largest pro­ducer of farmed trout with six sites in Scot­land, in­clud­ing three in Argyll.

Greig McPhail, sea­wa­ter pro­duc­tion man­ager for Dawn­fresh Farm­ing, vis­ited a re­cent train­ing ses­sion of Etive Vik­ings in Taynuilt to see the new strips be­ing worn and the new balls, cones and other equip­ment be­ing used. The com­pany made the award as part of its com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing the com­mu­ni­ties around its farm­ing op­er­a­tions.

Com­ment­ing on the pre­sen­ta­tion, Ali­son Hutchins, farm­ing op­er­a­tions de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Dawn­fresh, said: ‘Be­cause most of our team are from the area, we feel a deep con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity. We are al­ways ex­plor­ing new ways we can help sup­port com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions.

‘Greig McFar­lane and his team of vol­un­teer coaches at Etive Vik­ings pro­vide an in­valu­able ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity by giv­ing up their time to al­low chil­dren to take part in healthy and fun games of rugby.

‘Dawn­fresh Farm­ing is de­lighted to sup­port this ac­tiv­ity and wish the team all the best in the games they will be play­ing over the sum­mer.’

Greig McFar­lane, coach of Etive Vik­ings, added: ‘It is vi­tally im­por­tant that chil­dren are given the op­por­tu­nity to take part in sport to help their phys­i­cal and men­tal health. Given our lo­ca­tion, this can some­times be dif­fi­cult if peo­ple have to travel longer dis­tances to other towns so with Etive Vik­ings we are try­ing to pro­vide this ac­tiv­ity in the lo­cal area.

‘The fund­ing from Dawn­fresh has been vi­tal in en­sur­ing we have the right strips and equip­ment avail­able to make sure the train­ing ses­sions are as fun for the chil­dren as pos­si­ble and I would like to thank the com­pany for their sup­port.’

Greig MacPhail, sea­wa­ter pro­duc­tion man­ager for Dawn­fresh, with Greig McFar­lane, one of the vol­un­teer coaches at Etive Vik­ings RFC and the chil­dren from Etive Vik­ings.

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