Dalziel’s all set for youth rugby festival

Action from last year's event
Action from last year's event

This weekend sees the 24th annual Festival of Youth Rugby at Dalziel Park – promising an action-packed event for all the family. 

For the seventh year running, the festival is dedicated to the memory of the man who started it all in 1991, Alan Calder. 

Alan had a vision of the club celebrating grass roots sport by organising a day of rugby when youngsters from Primary 1 to under-18 would be involved. 

Today the Dalziel Festival of Youth Rugby is one of the biggest and best of its kind in Scotland, drawing in clubs from across the nation and beyond.

Teams from all over Lanarkshire, including Hamilton, Uddingston, Strathaven and East Kilbride, will also be participating.

This year a guest touring squad from Northern Ireland Civil Service Rugby Club will be appearing, introduced by former Dalziel stalwart and past club captain Brian Robertson. 

With the Schools Festival kicking off at 10am on Friday and the main event on Saturday from 10am through to 6pm, there will be around 1,000 boys and quite a few girls playing at all levels.

Meanwhile, this year’s Dalziel masters golf outing is to Royal Carnwath on May 23.