On the 14th June four Charleston Academy pupils headed off on a Rugby trip to France. Aidan Kent (4S1), Alex Murray (4K1), Cameron Kent (2S1) and Angus McEwan (2K2) had all been selected to take part in Highland Rugby Club’s trip to La Baule, France, which is a town twinned with Inverness. Aidan Kent wrote of the trip,
“It was a long trip, which meant travelling through the night and two flights. Once we finally arrived, we were welcomed by the town mayor at a formal dinner. There was a presentation and they talked about hoping to visit Inverness in 2014. On Saturday 16 the rugby club split into 4 teams: U13s A and B and U15s A and B side. Each team played two games (La Baule and a mixed French team). The La Baule U15 side had some great players yet it was no match for Highlands A team as they beat them 20-5. At the end of the day both the U13s and U15s were awarded with a trophy for winning the tournament.
Each night we gathered in the town hall for a cultural meal and speeches from various men and women who had a big role in sports within La Baule. By the end of each night the French were wanting to learn more and more of our ceilidh dances and hear more of the unfamiliar sound of the bagpipes.”
The four boys were selected from a large number of players and needed to fundraise money to lower the cost of the trip. One successful fundraiser was a ‘sponsored touch game’ where each Highland squad played 2 hours of non-stop rugby. Once each team had played their 2 hours, the club had finally managed to keep the ball moving for 12 hours. This raised a total of £1800.
The four boys were excellent ambassadors for Charleston Academy, Highland Rugby Club and Scotland. Well done.
Aidan Kent, 4S1