Vikings secure sponsorship from fish farm company
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.