Harper Macleod, the country’s No.1 sports law firm, has agreed a deal to sponsor the coaching staff at Highland RFC for the next three years.
The firm’s name, most recently in the spotlight as legal advisers and sponsors to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will be emblazoned on the coaches kit until the end of season 2017/2018. It will also be displayed on a pitch-side board at the teams CanalPark ground.
Highland RFC's coaching staff at Canal Park with Ewan Stafford, centre, of Harper Macleod's Inverness office
Harper Macleod is the leading full-service law firm in Inverness and also has offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Thurso and Lerwick.
Chairman Professor Lorne Crerar, a former player and referee who was also a Judicial Officer at the Rugby World Cup 2015, said: “Sport, and especially rugby, has long been at the very heart of what Harper Macleod is all about – and you only need to have watched the World Cup to see how tremendous, and sometimes painful, it can be. We are absolutely delighted to be playing a small part in developing the next generation of talent that will drive Highland RFC, and perhaps Scotland, forward.”
Professor Crerar, who is also Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, added: “Rugby is close to my own heart and as a leading business in the area it’s great to get involved with the club as they push for the title.”
The new coaches kits seemed to make an immediate impact, with Highland handing running out impressive 48-0 victors over previously unbeaten league leaders Gordonians. The win extended their unbeaten CanalPark record 26 games and maintains their perfect start to the league campaign.
Geoff Begg, President of Highland RFC, said: “We are delighted that an award winning local business such as Harper Macleod has agreed to sponsor our coaching teams at Highland. We have over 30 coaches at the club covering all age groups and they provide the backbone to our club structure. They volunteer their time and effort and it is gratifying to see that a leading firm in the Highlands is supporting them. We would like to thank Harper Macleod for its commitment over the next three years.”
Highland RFC’s first XV play in the Caledonia Regional League Division 1 and the club has teams at all age groups as it plays a key role in developing young talent in the area.
The Canal Park Club works within the community to bring as many people in to the game as they can, from Mini and Micro rugby for primary school children right through to the over 35s.
You can find out more about Highland RFC at the club website