SCOTLAND HAILS FIRST INTER C0LLEGE MATCH
9th December 2011
Scotland Rugby League’s progress in 2011 has manifested itself in increased participation at all levels, and on Wednesday the first ever inter-college match was played, between Cumbernauld College (West of Scotland) and Telford College (Edinburgh). The students overcame stormy conditions to put on a tight contest, with Telford overcoming an 8-4 deficit to win 24-12 at their home ground.
The success of Cumbernauld College’s rugby league programme indicates the importance of such institutions to the SRL’s strategic growth. The college has run a Rugby Performance programme for the past six years in partnership with Scotland Rugby League and Glasgow Hawks Rugby Union Club; has produced some of Scotland Rugby Leagues recent youth prospects, including Chad McGlame who signed for Hull FC earlier this year.
Telford College also runs a Rugby Performance programme – but one that has been exclusively rugby union until last year. In 2010 Telford started rugby league with a few taster sessions. Telford has also contributed to Scotland youth squads: Fraser Smeaton and Jonny Bain recently played in the Scotland Under-18 game against the England Community Lions held at Copeland Stadium.
The return fixture will take place in February.