Top international sides will take part in the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens on 8 April 2017, including teams from WESTERN PROVENCE (RSA), SWEDEN, CO-OPTIMISTS and HARLEQUINS. Melrose RFC is also delighted to announce the continued sponsorship from ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT as main sponsor for the 2017 event.
SCOTTISH CLUBS appearing will include GALA, HAWICK, JEDFOREST, KELSO,, PEEBLES, SELKIRK, AYR, BOROUGHMUIR, CURRIE, HERIOTS, WATSONIANS, GHA, FALKIRK, DUNDEE RUGBY, GLASGOW HAWKS, MARR RUGBY, EDINBURGH ACADEMICALS, STEWART’S MELVILLE, STIRLING COUNTY and hosts MELROSE.
Trevor Jackson, President of Melrose RFC said: “I am delighted to announce that Melrose Sevens 2017 is to be sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, and we are immensely grateful for the continued support of Martin Gilbert and his team. With the World Rugby series increasing in popularity each year, and the excitement of the British Silver Medal success in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Rugby Sevens is now a global phenomenon. Since its inception in Melrose in 1883, the seven-a-side game has reached corners of the globe that have never before embraced rugby.
In the spirit of the original Sevens, but also to honour its legacy during the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, this year Melrose announced its ambitious 1883 Legacy Project for a community development at The Greenyards, to provide a fitting space for Sevens heritage as well as activity areas for the whole community.”
Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens Convener, Ian Cooper, said: “With Rugby Sevens having been included for the first time as an extremely successful Olympic event in 2016 the profile of the game has never been higher. Add to that the Scotland Seven’s success at the Twickenham Sevens and you have a game which has well and truly made its mark on the global sporting stage. In addition, with this being Scotland’s Year of History Heritage and Archaeology there will be an increased number of visitors in the area taking advantage of what the region has to offer.”
Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management commented: “Aberdeen are delighted to be supporting the Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens for a sixth successive year. Going on last year’s thrilling finish, we expect the 2017 instalment of the tournament to be as exciting as ever with an array of local and international talent on show for the thousands of rugby fans in attendance, along with those watching live on BBC Scotland. The event has a magical feeling to it and we are proud to be associated with its history and prestige, along with the growing popularity of rugby sevens around the world. We hope you enjoy the tournament.”
Scottish Rugby President Rob Flockhart said: “One of the unquestionable highlights of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was the return of rugby union to the Olympic family and the sheer joy that surrounded Fiji’s first ever Olympic medal. The fact that it was won in rugby sevens was so fitting.
“In Scotland we are rightly proud that an idea that was conceived and first saw the light of day in Melrose, has gained such global popularity.”
Melrose RFC will again host their popular Junior Coaching Clinic, now in its 34th year, on the morning of the Sevens. The Clinic is set to attract in excess of 100 youngsters under the age of 14 from clubs and schools throughout Scotland who will be put through their paces by some of Scotland’s top coaches under the direction of Rob Moffat and sponsored by Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools. Following the coaching session the youngsters will be entertained to lunch and attend the sevens as guests of Melrose RFC.
Tickets for the 134th anniversary annual Aberdeen Asset Management Melrose Sevens on 8 April are available via melrose7s.com or direct from the club – concessions and family tickets are also now available.